St. Marys Journal Argus
With a public comment period currently open on the Environmental Registry website of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and scheduled to close Friday, Jan. 16, St. Marys Town Council has made it clear they want senior administration to keep them up to speed on all developments with the Green Arc Tire corporation’s application to begin production on James Street South.
The company aims to begin producing remanufactured tires at the former Dana truck chassis factory. Just this week, a sign featuring the company’s logo was erected on the property — the first time since the sale of the factory it was announced over a year ago that there has been a permanent, highly-visible indication of the new owners.
Earlier this month, the Environmental Registry announced a new public comment period for solid waste aspects of the Green Arc proposal. Two similar public comment periods — one for solid waste; one for air emissions — had unfolded last spring in response to earlier versions of the company’s proposal. This new period was initiated after Green Arc revised its first-year production targets by significantly downgrading the number of tires it hopes to manufacture if and when production commences.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, town councillors had a brief discussion about the Environmental Registry comment period.
Councillor Don Van Galen named a list of concerns that he had heard from the public regarding the original Green Arc proposal. He urged CAO Kevin McLlwain to ensure those are addressed by the process.
Councillor Jim Craigmile, meanwhile, cautioned that there may be unseen repercussions of Green Arc’s decreased first-year production targets. Craigmile suggested there may, as a result, now be a reduced requirement on the amount of money the company must set aside in a legally-required account for use on clean-up, in the event that the business is forced to close.
He asked McLlwain to also keep an eye on that side of the equation.
Following the meeting, Mayor Al Strathdee informed the Journal Argus that Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece had been asked to raise the issues with Ontario’s Environment Minister, Glen Murray. Pettapiece will inquire about the Ontario Tire Stewardship program, which administers the requirement for a clean-up bond from industries.