News & Updates

JMCC raises concerns about Walker's Alternative Methods Interim Report

March 22, 2017

The JMCC is bringing forward concerns about WEG’s Alternative Methods Interim Report, including a failure to undertake the multi-disciplinary analysis required before presenting a preferred location.

Read the letter: From Mayor Margaret Lupton, Zorra Township / Chair, Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee, to Walker Environmental Group (Submitted March 20, 2017)

Read the Peer Review Team Report: Review of Walker Environmental Group Southwestern Landfill EA Alternative Methods Interim Report dated January 3, 2017 (Submitted March 10, 2017)

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About the committee

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 Oxford County, which comprises Oxford's eight local area municipalities.

More about the Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee

What is the Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal?

Filed in March 2012, the Walker Environmental Group proposal outlines plans for a private, large-scale landfill-- one of the largest in Ontario-- to be located in Zorra Township, closely bordering the Town of Ingersoll as well as South-West Oxford Township. As a community committed to sustainability and actively working to becoming a zero waste community, Oxford’s municipalities are concerned about the proposed landfill and are working to ensure a fullsome Environmental Assessment process.
Walker Industries Southwestern Landfill Proposal website

Where we are now

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.

Community Response

The OPAL Alliance is a group of  concerned citizens and business owners who have joined together to oppose the proposed landfill. The group is working with other county and provincially-based groups.

OPAL Alliance website

Facebook: STOP THE DUMP from coming to Ingersoll

Letters

 TitleDescription
May 23, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupRequesting that Walker address the five general recommendations and the specific technical comments provided in the Peer Review Team report
May 23, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupSubmitting Peer Review Team report on updated work plans and requesting Walker set up technical meetings re: air and noise assessment, groundwater and surface water assessments, and heath risks and health effects arising from the socio-economic effects
March 20, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupRegarding concerns about the Alternative Methods Interim Report
August 19, 2015 - Letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate ChangeRegarding consultation with Aboriginal communities
August 14, 2015 - Letter to Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Carmeuse Lime Ltd.Regarding concerns about West Quarry Lake
May 26, 2015 - Letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate ChangeOxford's zero waste goals and statement that County is not a willing host
April 23, 2015 - Letter to Premier Wynne, Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment and Climate ChangeRegarding failure to directly engage with First Nations communities

Past news releases

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

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

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

February 20, 2015 - JMCC submits letter ot Minister of Environment and Climate Change heading into OGRA/ROMA conference -  Read the letter

January 23, 2015 - JMCC hosts public information meeting –   News release |  Presentation |  Minutes  + link to YouTube video