In 2000, an environmental investigation conducted by the Environmental Bureau of Investigations (EBI) and Petitcodiac Riverkeeper, revealed that thousands of litres of toxic leachate was entering the Petitcodiac River every day from various discharge points at the former Moncton landfill along Jonathan Creek.
In February 2002, charges were subsequently laid by Environment Canada’s Enforcement Branch against the City of Moncton and a consulting firm in relation to this case.
The City of Moncton pled guilty to these charges in September 2003 and agreed to a closure plan that would eliminate the toxic discharges into Jonathan Creek and the Petitcodiac River.
In 2007, the consulting firm was found guilty by the courts and ordered to pay $28,000 in fines. This was the first time that an engineering firm was found guilty under the federal Fisheries Act
More than five years after this court order and eight years after the toxic discharges were discovered, a draft closure plan has still not been implemented. Little progress on the landfill case was made in 2008 and to-date clean-up has not yet started. Unfortunately, this delay causes further degradation of water quality and species habitat in the creek.
What can I do?
Contact the City of Moncton and Environment Canada with your concerns about leachate discharging from the former city landfill.