On March 17, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) accepted the Terms of Reference for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal. This allows the proponent, Walker, to conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA). This process involves the proponent completing technical work plans and studies to determine if the landfill can be constructed and operated safely.
On March 18, 2016, JMCC Chair and Zorra Township Mayor Margaret Lupton issued a formal response to the MOECC’s decision, expressing disappointment with the decision.
Oxford is not a willing host to the landfill proposal. In fact, Oxford County is making a tremendous effort to minimize waste within its own borders through its commitment to becoming a zero waste community as part of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.
The JMCC is committed to following EA process and will be drawing on the expertise of each of the members to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment.