Schneider Electric owns the property located at 445 Horner Avenue. The property currently houses a secure storage unit for soils that are impacted by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Schneider Electric is carrying out a Remedial Program to remove and treat the soil contained in the storage unit at 445 Horner Avenue.
Schneider Electric along with AMEC Earth & Environmental will be holding an open house on October 17, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Franklin Horner Community Centre (432 Horner Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M8W 2B2).
Greenfield South Power Corporation is in the process of constructing a 280 megawatt capacity natural gas power plant at 2315 Loreland Avenue in Mississauga Ontario. The MIRANET website provides a detailed chronology about the project.
Although the plant is in Mississauga, the residents of Alderwood would be directly affected by the emissions from the power plant, since our community is directly down wind from the Loreland location. The power plant will be located approximately 1.2 km from the northernmost boundary of Alderwood.
We believe that the Loreland location is not suitable for any kind of power plant for the following reasons:
Schneider Electric is working with AMEC Earth & Environmental to clean up one of the largest polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) storage sites in Ontario, at 445 Horner Avenue. The site was originally owned by Federal Pioneer, an electrical transformer manufacturing company that was acquired by Schneider in 1990. The PCB’s have been stored under a tarp since the late 80’s, and the area has been continuously monitored by Schneider Electric, Environment Canada and Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment.
Although the site has seen inaction for much too long, Schneider Electric has finally taken a series of steps that will lead to the eventual cleanup of the 22,000 thousand tonnes of PCB’s within the next few years. Many Alderwood residents have been receiving notification letters from Schneider informing them of the remedial program. The company also held a community meeting on June 15, 2011, where local residents provided feedback to the company regarding their plans to rid the site of the PCB’s.
Schneider Electric has followed the correct procedures in regards to generating community awareness about their remedial plans, and by taking a pro-active approach to communicating with Alderwood residents. This being said, it is up to the community to ensure that Schneider Electric completes the PCB site clean up in the most safest possible manner.
Marie Curtis Park at the foot of the Etobicoke Creek is undergoing a two phase redevelopment with the first phase already underway. The CCFEW website has full details on the project. Both phases are expected to be complete by the end of 2012. Originally the park was scheduled to be redeveloped along with the Arsenal Lands in Mississauga, but that redevelopment is stalled in political bureaucracy, so the city of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are going ahead and redeveloping the Toronto side.
Even though the park is located in Long Branch, it is a major regional park and is extensively used by residents from surrounding neighbourhoods of Etobicoke and Mississauga. We will keep you posted on any developments as they become available.