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 Download Incinerator Flyer & Fact Sheet

from GAIA, April 2010

All documentation relating to this EA can be viewed at

Whatever you do, don't give up!
We can beat this project, but we need your participation.

More you can do...

  • We now have a new Minister of the Environment, the Hon. John Wilkinson. It is important NOT TO ASSUME that any information that may have already conveyed to his predecessor has been carried over to him. In addition, if incineration opponents are perceived as "having faded away", this could greatly reduce the effects of past efforts.
    Please write to Minister Wilkinson, urging him not to approve the proposed Durham Incinerator.

  • Continue to write Letters to the Editor to local newspapers (and beyond). Links to some of the local papers can be found here.

  • You should still email or write to your Regional and Local Councillors regarding your concerns about incineration/thermal treatment of waste – Durham and York Regions are the project proponents and responsible for the Environmental Assessment (EA) study. Let them know that this is an issue that won't go away and won't be forgotten at next election. See how Councillors voted on the incinerator.

Consultants’ Reports” have not fully considered alternatives other than incineration and have identified Courtice as the preferred location to build an incinerator.

Wherever it may be located, incineration is wrong and its consequences are well documented. One would have hoped that elected politicians, both on the Clarington Municipal Council and the Durham Regional Council, would have risen to their responsibilities and considered ALL the implications before reaching a decision. They did not.

There are numerous issues of concern that many residents feel have not been adequately addressed, including but not limited to:

·         The presence of a 140,000 to 400,000 tons per year incinerator in Clarington;

·         The prospects for lowered air quality and higher contributions to Green House Gases;

·         The health related implications, such as cancers and respiratory problems;

·         The effect on taxes of a capital project now sitting at $272 million and rising;

·         The consequences on property values;

·         The impact on the food, dairy and water supplies;

·         The implications for local agriculture and its financial viability;

·         The anticipated effects on road traffic, congestion and pollution.

We cannot afford to do nothing.

The Ministry of the Environment must realize that we have serious concerns and hopefully will have more incentive to fully examine these issues if Durham residents clearly indicate their concerns. It is quick and easy to do so, but it should be done in writing.

There are 3 easy steps to follow.  Your letter or e-mail should be:

·         concise, Just a few sentences is enough to get your concerns across.

·         identifiable, i.e. containing your full name, address, telephone number;

·         dated (and signed, if regular mail is used).

You can increase your effectiveness if you get your family and friends to also take action; spread the word.

Contact your Municipal/Regional Councillors

Contact ALL Councillors, as a group

Environmental Assessment Act

The Regional Municipalities of Durham and York submitted the Environmental Assessment
for the Durham/York Residual Waste Study to the Ministry of the Environment
for review and approval on July 31, 2009.  (Notice of submission)

NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF REVIEW - February 26, 2010 (2 pages) NEW

MINISTRY REVIEW DOCUMENT - released February 26, 2010 (158 pages)  NEW

See the Ministry of Environment EA Review and Approval Process explained.

See Full EA Study Documentation (amended) posted on the
Durham-York Waste EA website.

CHECK APPENDICES as more updates were made in December

MOE website - Project Updates

See Political Direction page for more information on Incineration EA

ARCHIVES - 2010 below

Additional Contact information:

Using the Postal Service Using E-Mail
Hon. John Wilkinson
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto ON
M7A 2T5
Hon. John Wilkinson  
Constituency office:
Hon. John Wilkinson wilkinson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

contact from website:

Gord Miller
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
1075 Bay Street, Suite 605
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
Tel: (416) 325-3377
Toll-Free: 1-800-701-6454
Fax: (416) 325-3370
Attn: Gord Miller
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

The Regional Municipality of Durham
605 Rossland Road East
Whitby, Ontario
L1N 6A3

Att’n: Durham Regional Council

Office of the Clerk,
Att’n: Durham Regional Council 


Municipality of Clarington Municipal Office
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, Ontario
L1C 3A6

Att’n: Clarington Municipal Council

Office of the Clerk,
Att’n: Clarington Municipal Council



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