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Loyalist Township Working with Lafarge and MOECP to Investigate Airborne Dust in Bath

October 30, 2019 (Odessa, Ontario) – Late last week, Loyalist Township staff and Council were alerted to concerns from residents of Bath regarding observations of an airborne dust in the community. Residents reported noticing the dust adhering on vehicles and homes.

After discovering the concerns on Saturday, October 26th, Loyalist Township Councillor Carol Parks – who represents Loyalist Township on the Lafarge Liaison Committee - reached out to representatives at Lafarge Canada to request a remedy to the situation with follow-up communication to concerned residents. At this time, dialogue was also opened with representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) to investigate any potential negative affects the dust could have.

On Sunday, October 27th, the Township was advised that Lafarge would be meeting with the MOECP to investigate and further information would follow. Further communication from Lafarge was provided this week that their initial investigation had been conducted and additional release are not expected.

“The health and well-being of our residents is our primary concern. The Township is awaiting the results of air quality samples taken by the MOECP, regardless of these results, we expect to have dialogue with Lafarge to mitigate the risk of this happening again in the future,” stated Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee.

Lafarge has stated their intention to clean affected vehicles and take action to address concerns raised by residents. Loyalist Township will continue to relay information to residents as it becomes available.