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Port Hope says 'No' to REM

By Eileen Argyris

Port Hope Town Hall

Port Hope Town Hall


It’s all over but the shouting.

In a recorded vote Tuesday night, Port Hope council voted unanimously against rezoning and official plan amendments to allow Entech-REM to build a garbage gasification / incinerator plant in Wesleyville. The result of the vote was announced to loud cheers and applause in the overcrowded council chamber.

Citizens, notably Port Hope Residents For Managing Waste Responsibly (PHR4MWR), have campaigned vigourously for two years, trying to persuade council to turn down REM’s application.

PHR4MWR spokesperson Louise Blecher said Wednesday morning the group was delighted with council’s decision, but knows there could be more fighting ahead.

REM’s application is still before the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and a Human Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (at REM’s expense) is currently underway.

Blecher said PHR4MWR is keenly aware that the company could appeal council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board and her group is now planning to align itself with the municipality to fight any such application.

“Now we’ve got to get all our ducks lined up,” said Blecher. “REM has 30 days to appeal (council’s decision).”

Even after the incinerator proposal is utterly defeated, as they hope, PHR4MWR will not quit, she added.

She said the group’s goal is to get legislation on the books at Northumberland County that no such installation will ever be considered within county borders.

“This group will not die with this incinerator,” she said. “Our group is committed to being part of the (waste management) solution. We want to see long-term strategies for waste management.”

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