folc.ca's comment on HAZCO's answer to FAQ #15
Note: The background text in the following was copied from the Frequently-asked Questions page at HAZCO's website, Nov. 2, 2005. HAZCO's answers to "frequently asked questions" deserve further comments. Those comments are inserted where required in HAZCO's text and are shown on yellow background.
From HAZCO's FAQ web page (quoted verbatim):
FAQ #15. What guarantees can you give that this project won’t have a negative impact on water quality, especially runoff?
Environmental protection is a top priority for Hazco. The measures incorporated into the facility design (such as the surface water run-off pond) and sound operation will ensure that there will be no impact to human health or the surrounding environment. With respect to surface water run-off, all precipitation that falls on the active working area of the facility will be collected in a lined surface water collection pond. The water collected in the pond is then tested, treated and then recycled, released or disposed.
Is that a legally binding promise or a belief HAZCO holds? The liner in the pond collecting the run-off water is supposed to prevent the ground water from becoming polluted. Maybe it will do that. Only continuous testing over the years would prove that belief to be correct.
What can be done to keep the water that will leach into the ground at the rest of HAZCO's proposed site from polluting the ground water that is so close to the surface there? What can and will be done to "neutralize" the ground water that will become contaminated by water that is not caught by the run-off-collection pond and simply seeps into the ground?
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Created Nov. 4, 2005
2006 10 16 (reformated)