Fencing Should Have Been In Place Sooner Says MCK

Written by on February 21, 2020

Fencing has been in place for just three days (since Tuesday) around some landfill in Kahnawake. The landfill is from excavation work of old roads and asbestos laden pipes in the community. It was dumped on a lot on Route 207 across from the cemetery more than 6 months ago, but has sat in the open since then. Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Chief Frank McComber works on the Public safety portfolio. He says the pile sat for so long, and continues to stay there, because of the testing required before proper disposal. “It was flagged for safety reasons just because it was a construction area,” McComber said. “Just for that reason itself it should have been flagged and there should have been a fence around it.”

The new fence has a sign that states Danger: Asbestos.

“That sign also should have been up probably before the snow came when we figured out that we weren’t going to be able to remove the soils in that area,” McComber said. “With the strict procedures and protocols, just to get the soil samples was a major issue, never mind removing the soil. With my background as a businessman we could have removed these soils within two weeks, but because of all these procedures and protocols it took so much longer.”

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