Crackdown on illegal dumping in Kahnawake

Written by on December 13, 2019

Kahnawake environment and public safety officials say they are cracking down on illegal dumping in the community after several incidents in recent months. Commissioner of Public Safety, Lloyd Phillips, says there will be an increase in surveillance of the affected areas including along the Highway 207 corridor, Tower Line Road and the Seaway Road.

We do suspect that it is somebody that’s coming from outside the community, making their way here probably sometime in the middle of the night,” Phillips said.

Phillips says concrete-looking materials and various types of soil have been dumped at multiple locations. Due to similarities among the materials and the dump locations it is suspected that one individual is responsible for multiple incidents.

All illegally dumped materials are sent for testing when they are discovered, Phillips said and that, so far, none of the materials tested pose health risks.

Cody Diabo is the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake chief responsible for the Environment portfolio. He says council moved last week to give Public Safety enforcement management powers to ensure the laws dealing with illegal dumping will be able to be enforced

“It’s more of a deterrent now because all of the laws were back from the ’70s the ’80’s so they don’t really have the same type of deterrent as they would nowadays in terms of fines,” he said.

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