Letter: Speak up now or never

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Attached (see below) is all the documentation I obtained from an FOI request regarding the proposed concrete plant in Chalk River and I’d like to begin by requesting your support for the fundamental principle of freedom of information by making these documents readily available to the public through a download button on your website for the next 30 days, so that everyone can finally know exactly what is going here?

Every resident of Chalk River needs to know that the proponent wants this facility to operate 24 hours per day, five days a week, with occasional weekends if required.

Their Application for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) also mentions them operating at full capacity for 12 hours during the day from 7 am to 7 pm and at 30% capacity during the nighttime, as required.

After reviewing the Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) as well as the Emission Summary and Dispersion Modeling (ESDM) report I’ve come to the conclusion that if this scheme gets the go-ahead from our government then it will get very noisy & dusty in the place we all call home unless we speak-out now while this proposal is still under review but time is running out because a decision has to be made by the MECP before February 22, 2024.

We the people who live here in Chalk, cannot in good conscience just stand by and say absolutely nothing about how this plan, which was created by corporations & consortiums, is really bad for the environment and will surely affect the quality of life in our peaceful community.

We must also resist all the cynics who are always saying that this is a done deal, instead of believing that together we can all make a difference and what each one of us has to say on this matter is very important.

So I strongly urge you to act now by emailing your comments, questions & concerns about this concrete plant to the reviewer: matt.lei@ontario.ca and to make sure that you include: ERO# 019-7003 in the subject line.

Speak your piece in 2024 or forever hold your peace… the choice is now yours to make.

Marc Lachance

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