Adams Mine waste disposal project update

The Cortellucci-Montemarano Group has quietly bought the Adams Mine site near Kirkland Lake in Northern Ontario and is seeking arrangements that would allow it to convert the mine into a waste disposal facility, alleged Liberal MPP David Ramsay in the Ontario legislature on May 7, 2003 (as reported by The Globe and Mail on May 8).

Mr. Ramsay asked Deputy Premier Elizabeth Witmer why she was planning to sell Crown land to one of the largest donators of the Progressive Conservative Party without public notice and at allegedly low market prices. Ms. Witmer said the proposal is under review.

The Adams Mine project — which proposes to receive a maximum of 20 million tonnes of non-hazardous solid waste from Ontario over a 20-year period — was approved on August 13, 1998. But Environment Minister Chris Stockwell recently confirmed that part of the terms and conditions of that assessment is that it needs to assemble land around the site.

An earlier attempt to haul waste to the Adams Mine was sidelined by public opposition in Toronto and in the Kirkland Lake area. (See "Rail Haul Derailed" in the December/January 2001 edition.) However, the previous consortium did not have the perceived political clout of the Cortellucci-Montemarano Group. The Group’s involvement in the project is revealed in a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by Canadian Waste Services Inc., which also participated in the earlier attempt.

According to Beverly Chevrier-Polson, vice-chief of the Timiskaming First Nation, the sale of the land would violate a long-standing government commitment to consult native bands.

For further information, call the Environmental Assessment & Approvals Branch at 416-314-8001 or 800-461-6290