Waste disposal meeting sees poor turnout

The waste disposal meeting held last Wednesday (Oct. 17) at the Emo La Vallee Community Centre had a disappointing attendance, said Emo Reeve Russ Fortier.
And those on hand did not ask many questions essential as input to this project, he added.
Some pollution contamination information from recent months involved the local area, including boil-water advisories due to E. coli and other bacteria that occurred in Emo, Rainy River, Atikokan, and Sioux Lookout as well as at Crossroads School in Devlin.
Walkerton is the most well-known but other Canadian communities also have had their residents poisoned by water contamination, such as North Battleford, Sask., Campbellton, N.B., Turner Valley, Alta., and others in British Columbia and Quebec.
Roughly 97 percent of the planet’s water supply is in sea water. Of the remaining three percent, two percent is locked up in glaciers and polar ice caps.
That leaves the world’s 6.1 billion people, as well as all plant and animal species, to rely on that one percent of potable water necessary to sustain life.
“To be reliable, we must have [better] waste disposal to make it viable,” noted Reeve Fortier. “We must look at [it] from creating more jobs and make it work. It is big business.”
A questionnaire featuring five questions on waste disposal was handed out to discover what people in the district want the committee to look at.
First, do you think corrective and preventive measures should be implemented in our waste disposal to stop contaminants from entering our water supply?
Secondly, did you know the current landfill is leaking contaminants that can flow into the groundwater and drinking water? Third, do you think there should be national standards to regulate our country’s water supply and assure safe drinking water?
Fourth, did you know that other communities around the world have been successfully capturing waste gases from landfills and getting revenue from the gas sale?
And fifth, a local committee is going to examine successful waste disposal/co-generation sites to determine how these operations function. What information would you like to have the committee gather from the next public meeting?
These questionnaires were to be left either at the meeting or dropped off at the Emo municipal office.