Going fishing downstream from the Chemtura chemical plant in Elmira? You might want to release anything you caught. You certainly don’t want to eat it.
Woolwich will be making just that suggestion, as council this week voted to install warning signs at three bridges that cross the Canagagigue Creek – at New Jerusalem Road, Northfield Drive and Jigs Hollow Road.
Two signs at each location, to be purchased at a cost of $140 apiece, will advise anglers that “Consuming fish caught here is likely to be hazardous to your health.” A graphic of a fish, knife and fork with a red line through it will illustrate the point.
High concentrations of dioxins and furans have been found at downstream sites.
The goals is to have the signs in place prior to the Apr. 23 start of the 2016 sport fishing season.
Coun. Mark Bauman suggested the township should then send an invoice for the cost to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which has been dragging its feet on providing information to the public, let alone acting to cleanup toxins related to the Chemtura site.
“It’s the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change that’s responsible to protect the public,” he said.