KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – This week’s weekend video is a short documentary on the disruption caused by a construction and demolition debris facility on North Mountain, not far from Bridgetown in the Annapolis Valley.
The facility is located in a wetland area that feeds several brooks and some 20 wells on adjoining properties.
Ever since the dump arrived without meaningful notice or consultation, residents of Arlington and St. Croix Cove on the Bay of Fundy have been worried that asbestos and autofluff stored on the site are poisoning their wells.
The residents looked at the department of Environment for help and information, but that was mostly ignored.
For instance, when residents complained about the presence of autofluff at the facility, the department replied that autofluff was not present at the facility. However, last week the CBC reported that yes, autofluff was accepted there for years now, and the Environment Department was investigating.
People who live in the area have been trying to get the department’s attention for fifteen years now. Earlier they formed the group Annapolis Waterkeepers to put pressure on the province to act. They are also concerned about the presence of asbestos at the dump, which to a large extent is trucked in from Halifax.
Residents also complain about big trucks going back and forth all day and sloppy practices that make contamination even more likely.
The Annapolis Waterkeepers are calling for a dedicated asbestos disposal facility, operated by the province and “properly sited so that it threatens no one’s water, devalues no one’s land, is easily accessed by large trucks, and creates no danger for the motoring public.”
The residents threatened by the facility are doing everything right, they organized, they have done their research, their website is informative, their videos are slick and professional, and despite all that they are still fighting this uphill battle to get the department of Environment to listen, let alone act.
Makes you wonder how many more Arlingtons there out there, here in Canada’s Ocean Playground.
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