Proposed by Friends
Resources Act does not reflect today’s standards. Thus, the following list of objectives was
written with the intention of pursing change at the provincial level by filing
comments on the Environmental Registry
for new permit applications:
I am an Ontario resident
and taxpayer. I ask that the Government
of Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources:
conservation of aggregate, a non-renewable resource, a priority over
approval of new extraction sites.
Conservation can occur through aggregate recycling and use of
virgin aggregate, a non-renewable resource, for use within Canada.
aggregate extraction below the water table without a full Environmental
Assessment and full understanding of the impact on all areas, near and
aggregate extraction below the water table in drinking water source areas.
a process and guidelines for identifying and designating new Specialty
Crop Areas to safeguard unique agricultural land resources. Prohibit aggregate extraction in
Specialty Crop Areas.
a thorough study of all existing aggregate reserves in Ontario. We cannot know what we need until we
know what we have.
an “aggregate master plan” and disallow new aggregate mining licenses
within the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area, Oak Ridges Moraine and Green Belt
until the “aggregate master plan” has been approved by the province.
an assessment of the cumulative affects (dust, noise, air quality, traffic
emissions; effects on water) of the “aggregate master plan” on Ontario
residents by district.
that new quarry proposals demonstrate the need for additional aggregate
resource extraction in meeting the demands of the Ontario
that an Environmental Assessment occur for all new or expanding aggregate
the cost of virgin aggregate to reflect reality. Economically, aggregate is a low-priced,
heavy-weight commodity that takes the bulk of its cost from
transportation. Today, however, the
price of virgin aggregate must include the activism necessary by residents
to fight for their best interest despite the elected and public
institutions designed to represent and protect the public interest. As well, the cost must encompass the
environmental cost on residents. In
other words the market cost for virgin aggregate is unrealistically cheap.
Create a management system that works for residents and price the product
this new aggregate application with the mega-quarry application (EBR
011-2864). Why is this new
aggregate resource required if the mega-quarry licence
is approved? What will happen to
the operators of small aggregate resources when they are subjected to the
monopolistic power of the goliath-like mega-quarry?
Until such time as my above-noted concerns are addressed, I object to
the establishment of this new aggregate resource.
* Notice that the above information has been compiled
through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make
an informed and educated decision.
However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy
cannot be guaranteed.
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