​​What are the specific objections that CRC has to the proposed quarry?

​​CRC has thoroughly and critically assessed the reports submitted by the applicant in support of the application as well as those submitted by commenting agencies and peer reviewers. We have retained the services of independent experts to assess a number of important issues and have filed reports and made presentations to Councils for Wellington County, Grand River Conservation Authority, Guelph Eramosa Township, Halton Region, Milton and Halton Hills. We have substantive concerns about:

Ground and surface water in the aquifer and the surface stream that flow through the site, and both upstream and downstream wells, as well as Rockwood’s municipal wells;

The natural environment including species at risk with on-site or nearby habitat, and a vibrant brook trout habitat in the cold-water stream into which surface water from the site flows;

The unprecedented below water blasting in a fragile, karst geology proposed by the applicant and what we have determined to be unacceptable ground vibration and the risk of fly-rock ejection on to the abutting Highway 7 and nearby buildings;

Impacts on many cultural heritage buildings within 1000 metres from blasting vibration;

Air quality degradation due to dust from aggregate crushing on site and truck traffic;

Traffic impact on 6th Line Eramosa, Highway 7 to the east of the site through downtown Acton, and Regional Road 25 along the applicant’s proposed haul route, and quite possibly elsewhere including the Nassagaweya Lines to the south and Highway 7 west through Rockwood should markets arise in the future to the west (the Highway 7 project between Guelph and Kitchener being a case in point);

Noise from blasting, crushing, sorting and loading, and haulage;

Impacts of the foregoing factors on adjacent agricultural operations which include livestock, horse, crop and mushroom growing operations;

Visual impact as the current woodlot is replaced by a 30-metre deep pit and perimeters are lined with earth berms, and the heritage landscape on 6th Line is transformed into a heavy industrial environment;

Economic impact on Guelph-Eramosa Township and Halton Region due to expected losses in property values and concomitant loss of tax assessment, costs for road maintenance and emergency services, and;

Social impacts related to quality of life and the attractiveness of this region to business and commerce.