The Issue


1. James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL) has applied to extract 990,000 tonnes/year of aggregate by underwater blasting from the proposed Campbellville Reid Road Quarry. JDCL's own experts state that extraction above 350,000 tones/year could impact water levels for Milton and surrounding areas, provincially significant wetlands, the habitats of endangered and threatened species, and significant woodlands at the site, all of which could be permanently affected.

2. JDCL breached the Guelph aquitard protecting the aquifer at the DoLime Quarry. Underwater blasting is only being used by one operator in Ontario - JDCL For Information https://bit.ly/2BgUAuq and https://bit.ly/2BjtyCR

3. The proposed Quarry puts at risk Campbellville and Milton's Water: If approved, it will be on top of the highly sensitive aquifer that provides water to approximately 20,000 Milton and Campbellville residents. Blasting could open pathways that allow surface toxins to contaminate groundwater and affect water levels which supply the Kelso wells and local residential wells.

4. Operations at the Quarry will negatively impact our air quality! Blasting, crushing, pulverizing, truck emissions all create dust particles less than 2.5 microns! Health Canada warns there is no safe level of increased PM 2.5 exposure & yearly over 9500 people die from the results of exposure. These "silent killers" can travel 7.5km in 45 minutes with 10 km/hr winds.

5. The Blast Impact Assessment failed to consider the worst-case scenarios of potential seismic vibrations and overpressure impacts on nearby sensitive receptors (like homes, businesses and Hwy 401).

6. Flying rock from blasting can cause property damage, personal injury or even death and can travel up to 1km. It can be the size of a small microwave oven. Other countries require a 400 to 500 meter blasting exclusion zone. Hwy 401 is only 100 meters from certain of the blast areas, (as are other Campbellville roads). For information on flyrock incidents in Ontario and other jurisdictions see: www.hiddenquarry.ca

7. Reid Sideroad and alternate roads are going to get busier! The Quarry will operate 13 hours a day, 6 days a week. Per hour there will be 32 big, loud, quarry truck trips during the peak. Add to that trucks to ship recycled materials in and out for the asphalt reprocessing operation and quarry service vehicles and employee vehicles. This traffic is an increased risk to pedestrians, school children, cyclists, local traffic and commuters.

8. The Hwy 401 ramps are currently operating at capacity, and Trucks can travel on any road designated for truck traffic: Traffic Impact Study states that maintaining the existing form of traffic control (a stop sign) is forecast to result in high levels of delay on the off-ramp approaches on Hwy 401. The west bound off ramp is often congested with current traffic levels! If the Hwy 401 is backed up either direction (which it often is), you can expect the trucks will find other routes, which will include Guelph Line and our rural roads.

9. JDCL plans to fill one pond and create an asphalt and concrete re-processing operation. Their application indicates they intend to bring used asphalt on to the site, stock pile it and recycle it. No limit on how long the re-processing operation will be active. Could be indefinitely.

10. If there is damage to homes or businesses, or loss/contamination of water, the property owner has the burden and cost of proving it was caused by the Quarry. JDCL is merely required to self-assess its operation and file a Licensees Compliance Assessment Report.

Click here for a one-page printable PDF file of the above information.

 

Please join us at our meeting on May 8th to learn more, and take action or contribute to help fight against the approval of the proposed Reid Road Reservoir Quarry.