The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee is the voice of the municipalities most directly affected by this project


Zorra Township is a rural municipality located at the north-west corner of Oxford County.


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South-West Oxford

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Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal

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Reports and Documents

July 5, 2013
Peer Review Report: Review of Southwestern Landfill Proposal Environmental Assessment Draft Terms of Reference.
Submitted by the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee .

October 8, 2013
Peer Review Report: Review of Southwestern Landfill Proposal Environmental Assessment Revised Terms of Reference Dated 29 August, 2013.
Submitted by the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee.

May 2, 2014
Letter containing final Peer Review Team comments on the August 29, 2013, Terms of Reference Amendments and related recommendations.
Prepared by Haussmann Consulting for the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee.

Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee

Peer Review of the Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal


March 18, 2016: JMCC responds to Province’s decision on Walker Southwestern Landfill proposal 

“The JMMC is disappointed in the decision by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to accept with amendments the Terms of Reference for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal.    

“We believe Oxford’s municipalities put forward, through the Peer Review Team submissions, convincing evidence and information regarding the ecological, economic, social and health implications of a mega-landfill for this location in our community. Our citizens have voiced their concerns loudly and clearly to the provincial government. To learn that the Southwestern Landfill proposal will now move to an Environmental Assessment process is devastating news to our community.   

“We are further disappointed to learn the Minister did not grant our requests for a full Health Impact Assessment, but has left Walker to determine whether or not to expand the scope of the Health Risk Assessment: a far less comprehensive review than what would be required by a Health Impact Assessment.   

“This community is not a willing host and will continue to oppose Walker’s landfill proposal. We share the profound disappointment of our citizens in this failure to protect our people from the impacts of Walker’s mega-landfill. The only outcome we can support is the outright rejection of the Terms of Reference and the denial of this project.   

“At the same time, the JMCC remains committed to continuing to oversee an independent multi-disciplinary peer review process to ensure the objective, scientific information about the impacts of the proposal will be available to Oxford residents and all other stakeholders.   

“To that end, we will also work to ensure Walker Environmental Group commits to a full Health Impact Assessment, as submitted to the Ministry by the Oxford County Medical Officer of Health and endorsed by the four Oxford County JMCC municipalities.”  

Margaret Lupton
Chair, Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee
Mayor, Township of Zorra

Read the full news release      Download a copy of the statement

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change documents

  1. Terms of Reference Notice of Approval 
  2. Letter to Mayor Margaret Lupton
  3. Understanding the EA Process

January 27, 2016: County continuing to seek protection of West Quarry Lake

Oxford County Council adopted a motion on January 27, 2016, committing the County to continue exploring options to deter Carmeuse Lime from using West Quarry Lake as a water treatment system. More

August 19, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Oxford County's Warden, David Mayberry sends a letter in support of concerns raised by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation's in regards to potential impacts of Walker Environmental Group's proposed landfill. Read the letter

August 14, 2015: Oxford County CAO submits letter raising concern with Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for West Quarry Lake

Oxford County's CAO, Peter Crockett has sent a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Ltd. raising significant concern with the June 15, 2015 ECA issued that would convert West Quarry Lake into a settling basin. The letter requests any work be suspended until several concerns can be addressed. Read the letter


May 26, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change

At its May 13, 2015 meeting, Oxford County Council passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Government to bring forward legislation to replace the Waste Diversion Act. The resolution outlines five action items aimed at reducing waste and providing communities with a more significant voice in proposed landfill site approvals. Read the letter

April 23, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Premier Wynne, Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment and Climate Change

Oxford County Warden David Mayberry has sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Honourable Ministers David Zimmer and Glen Murray in regards to concerns raised by Chief Miskokomon of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. Chief Miskokomon raises concern that the First Nation's have not been directly engaged by Walker Environmental Group in its landfill proposal. Read the letters

February 20, 2015: JMCC submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change heading into OGRA/ROMA conference

The JMCC was not granted a meeting with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray at the OGRA/ROMA (Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference) running Feb 22-25, but submitted a letter and briefing note on Walker's Southwestern Landfill proposal. Read the letter

February 11, 2015: JMCC hosts public information meeting

The JMCC hosted a public information meeting on February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Colombo Club to update the community and answer questions on the status of Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal and the Beachville Area Air Quality Work Plan. Didn't make the meeting? Watch it on Oxford County's YouTube channel or download materials from the links below.


News release  |  Presentation  |  Minutes

About the JMCC

The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee (JMCC) is the voice of the municipalities most directly affected by a proposal for a large-scale landfill in Southwestern Ontario: Zorra Township, the Town of Ingersoll, the Township of South-West Oxford, and the County of Oxford, which comprises Oxford's eight local area municipalities.

The JMCC is not an affiliate of Walker Environmental Group or OPAL Alliance, but an independent group formed by local government to ensure a fair process that fully considers the economic, social, cultural and natural environmental impacts of the proposed landfill. The main purpose of the JMCC is to oversee the Peer Review of the landfill proposal's Environmental Assessment, which will determine whether or not the project can move ahead.

In February 2013, the JMCC announced the members of the Peer Review Team who will critique the information and research put forward in the environmental assessment.

List of Peer Review Team members

More about the Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee

About the Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal

The landfill proposal was submitted in March 2012 by Walker Environmental Group. The proposed site of the landfill is in Zorra Township bordering the Town of Ingersoll and South-West Oxford Township. Known locally as Beachville Lime, the site is owned by Carmeuse Lime (Canada).

Visit the Walker Industries Southwestern Landfill Proposal website

Community response

A group of concerned citizens and business owners have formed the OPAL Alliance to oppose the project. The group is working with other county and provincially-based groups concerned about the landfill proposal.

Visit the OPAL Alliance website

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