On December 16, 2019 Jeff Yurek, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, wrote to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville informing the Counties of his decision to revoke the 1998 environmental assessment approval for ED-19.
ED-19 was an approved landfill site located in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal. This site was the result of 1990s work of the Counties, the City of Brockville and the Town of Prescott. The municipalities funded and prepared an environmental assessment, and in 1998 received the approval for a regional landfill in the 1990s.
Over the past few years, the Counties has been looking at selling the site to Tomlinson Environmental. During this time, opposition occurred and the Citizens Against the Dump (CAD) was formed to oppose the development of the site.
In 2019 the Government of Ontario amended the Environmental Assessment Act enabling the Minister to review and revoke past environmental assessments decisions. After the amendment was enacted and proclaimed, the Minister wrote to the Counties in June 2019 notifying them of his intent to review the approval and providing the Counties and other parties the opportunity to submit information to him. The Counties submitted documents in support of the approved Certificate, including the recent Environment Review Tribunal decision supporting the Certificate, and consulting engineers' reports.