Thunder Bay PAC Meeting June 1 at Richardson’s Grain Elevator
The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan will meet at 7 p.m. on June 1st at the Current River Terminal of Richardson’s International grain elevators, located on Thunder Bay’s waterfront near the mouth of the Current River (link to map of meeting location). Thanks to Richardson’s for offering the meeting room at their facility. The meeting is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.
Directions to the meeting:
Richardson’s Current River Terminal is at 303 Shipyard Road. To get to the terminal proceed to the intersection of Cumberland Street North and Grenville Avenue. This intersection is just east of the Current River bridge. Turn down Grenville Avenue toward Lake Superior. After the underpass, take the first right onto Shipyard Road. Proceed several hundred meters along Shipyard Road. A large RAP sign will be placed at the entrance to Richardson’s Current River Terminal. Proceed to parking in front of the Millwright’s shop where meeting participants can gather prior to being escorted to the boardroom. (Note that Richardson’s has two terminals, a main terminal accessible via the overpass to the marina and a Current River Terminal, accessible via Grenville Avenue/Shipyard Road. The PAC meeting is being held at the Current River Terminal.)
The central topic on the agenda will be a presentation by Environment and Climate Change Canada research scientist Dr. Mark McMaster about “Fish Tumours and Other Deformites”, one of several impairments which led to Thunder Bay being designated as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.
Information about “Fish Tumours and Other Deformities”
Current Status: Requires further assessment.
This BUI will no longer be impaired when a survey of 100 white suckers (Catostomus commersoni) – and more if available – encompassing a diverse age range indicates a liver tumor prevalence rate of less than 5%.
The agenda and complete information package for the meeting can be accessed below (note the “Zoom” or enlargement feature, top right, in the map of the meeting location):
Nurdles in Nipigon Bay: Exploring Local Microplastic Concerns
May 3rd • Lake Helen Community Centre • 7-9pm
The newest environmental group in the Nipigon area held their first meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd at the Lake Helen Community Centre. The group started as the Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP), or cleanup plan, and is now tackling environmental issues beyond the scope of the original RAP.
The meeting was hosted by the Red Rock Indian Band at the Lake Helen Community Centre, near Nipigon, Ontario. The intent of the meeting was to gain a better understanding of microplastics in the Great Lakes, especially the Nipigon Bay situation, where large quantities of plastic beads have been washing up on beaches for years. Presentations at the meeting included:
- a) Plastic in the Great Lakes – An Overview– Tara George/Min. of Env & Climate Change
- b) Mountain Bay/Gravel River situation – Chuck Hutterli/Mountain Bay resident
- c) Simon Lester, “Microbeads: Canadian Regulation & the Plasti-Berg”
- d) Letter from CPR (2016-04-16)
- e) CPR Cleanup actions to date – Presented by Jim Bailey/LU – utilizing info forwarded by CPR
- f) Conestoga and Rovers Document re Health Risks (2014-07-10)
- g) EcoDivers activities – Richard Harvey/EcoDivers (photos of underwater train cars from the wreck)
- h) Video –EcoDiver Chris Berner providing info on trainwreck video clip #1
- i) Video –EcoDiver Chris Berner providing info on trainwreck video clip #2
- j) MNRF information about fish and wildlife ingestion/other considerations – Rosemary Hartley/Min of Natural Resrources & Forestry
Mysterious plastic pellets have been washing up at Chuck Hutterli’s Lake Superior, Nipigon Bay property for 8 years. We went to see for ourselves – check out this video (footage taken April 18, 2016) for more info.
When reached for comment, CP Rail generously provided InfoSuperior.com with documents detailing response to the derailment, environmental threat assessment, and clean up efforts. CPR representatives are unable to attend May 3rd, but are open to meeting in the future to discuss collaborative clean up efforts with the community.
For the month of April, InfoSuperior is running a series on the effects of microplastics on watersheds. The articles are posted every Tuesday, as part of an ongoing focus on environmental issues.
- Part 1: Ban the Bead: a Microplastics Crash Course
- Part 2: Out with the Wash: Microplastics and Clothing
- Part 3: Nurdles in Nipigon Bay – Lake Superior Microplastics Issues
- Part 4: Nipigon Nurdles Trending in Local and Regional Media, Social Media
Now that’s what we call a full house: there was no sitting room left at the Thunder Bay Public Advisory Committee meeting, held at Lakehead University yesterday.
A diverse range of people came together to hear Doug Crump, a Biochemical/Molecular Toxicologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, speak about herring gull egg contamination.
Also on the docket was an education session and lively discussion around the PAC’s recent letter regarding lack of action around mercury contamination in North Harbour. The letter was sent to the Chronicle Journal editor, federal and provincial environmental Ministers, federal Minister of Transport, local MPPs, and Thunder Bay Port Authority. PAC members look forward to letters of response outlining future plans for harbour clean up.
Meeting attendees included North Shore residents, environmental interest groups, government representatives, and members of North Shore Steelhead Association, Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, ERCO Worldwide, and the Nipigon Bay PAC.
Attendees listened intently to Crump’s research, eager to greet him with inquiries during a question and answer period after the presentation. RAP coordinator Jim Bailey notes that the question and answer period had to be extended due to the number of questions forwarded.
Dougall Media was in attendance to cover the proceedings, following Chronicle-Journal, CBC, and Magic 99.9 coverage earlier in the week. PAC co-Chair Frank Edgson was interviewed after the meeting.
InfoSuperior and the RAP office would like to thank everyone who came out to the meeting, and we hope to see you at our next PAC meeting May 25th, 2016. This post will be updated with video and audio as Dougall Media releases it.