Coda. Wired and stacked to the end.

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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The early spring sun sets on what’s left of the Domtar Paper Mill, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
March 10, 2010

Domtar closed a couple of years back and the whole complex is being razed to provide land for condominiums and housing. I’m not terribly sure I’d like to live there.

A little food for thought.

From list.web.net/archives, December 15, 2004

The city of Cornwall in eastern Ontario is known for two things: smuggling and its smell.

The smuggling trade is still thriving, although it’s not the headline-maker it was a decade ago. And yesterday, Domtar Inc., owner of the giant, reeking smokestack that dwarfs the city of 45,000, said it would shut its kraft pulp mill on March 8, meaning the industrial city settled by United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution will be stench-free for the first time since the 1800s.

This pulp mill had a very contentious sludge land application program. The mill is closing and the biosolids program is dead. It was famous for having to disclose that their toilets connected to their paper sludge digester…resulting in pathogens in the paper sludge.

Now community concern remains about a contaminated groundwater plume that has made its way to the St Lawrence River. Test holes on the Domtar site confirm this.

The tap water at the mill is contaminated so the workers have been provided with bottled drinking water. Domtar doesn’t know where the contamination is coming from.

Domtar Cornwall created a waste mountain that is now a ski hill called Big Ben…right next to the Walmart. This toxic legacy will be poisoning Cornwall long after Domtar is gone.

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