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MRC Pontiac to vote...
Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Regional County Municipality of Pontiac to vote on a bylaw to make Alleyn-and-Cawood (Danford Lake) a potential site for the proposed regional mega-dump

What: The 17 mayors that make up the Regional County Municipality of Pontiac (MRC de Pontiac) are scheduled to vote on Draft By-law 120-2006 to amend the Revised Land Development Plan of their MRC. If approved, this by-law would have the effect of making Alleyn-and-Cawood (Danford lake) a potential site for a regional megalandfill and thus imposing a solution overriding the wishes of the majority of Alleyn-and-Cawood ratepayers and of many residents living in communities along highways 105, 301 and 148, that already have high truck traffic.
This vote is following the public consultation meeting held in Campbell’s Bay on June 12th in which some 125 people voiced their opinions about this Draft By-Law.

Where: MRC de Pontiac Office in Campbell's Bay, 602, route 301 nord

When: Monday, June 26, 2006 – Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.

Who: Mr. Michael McCrank, Warden, Pontiac MRC (819-648-5689)
Mr. Joe Squitti, Mayor, Alleyn-and-Cawood (819-467-2941) plus 16 other mayors of the Pontiac

Why: All Quebec rural municipalities have to close their local dumps by the end of 2008 and find alternative waste management solutions that include specific targets on recycling. As a result, these communities are in the process of exploring different options, which include the proposed engineered landfill site located 8 kilometers west of the village of Danford Lake (90 km north of Ottawa). This megadump would serve as the waste disposal site for all of the Outaouais Region (an area of 33,000 sq. kilometres with a population of approximately 350,000). The Outaouais is the principal recreational area adjacent to the Canadian capital of Ottawa and a three hour drive west of the city of Montreal.
The proposed landfill site would cover 545 acres [220 hectares], of which 60% would be actual landfill, 22% for infrastructure and 18% for expansion. It is designed to accept up to 250,000 tons of waste per year with a minimum operational life of 30 years, ultimately resulting in a mountain of waste 22 stories high. It is adjacent to some wetlands and about 300 metres from the Picanoc River which flows into the Gatineau River.

For more information, please contact:
Michèle Borchers
Vice President, Coalition Against the Danford MegaDump
819-467-2219 or 613-237 0794
André Carrière, President, Coalition Against the Danford MegaDump
For a list of mayors in the Outaouais and the Pontiac with contact info go to: ListedesmunicipalitsdelOutaouais.pdf

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