Burlington Airpark Inc.

August 05, 2014 17:58 ET

Burlington Airpark Improvements not Affecting Groundwater: Environment Ministry

Airpark Owner Announces No Further Legal Appeals

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2014) - The Burlington Executive Airpark today announced that further independent review of groundwater testing has re-confirmed that the Airpark's improvement activities are not adversely affecting groundwater in the area.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change recently completed a review of groundwater monitoring and an environmental site assessment by Pinchin Environmental completed in April, 2014. In a letter to the Airpark dated August 1, 2014, the District Supervisor of the Halton Peel District Office writes:

"Based on our analysis of the information provided in this report, the [Ministry] has found that there is no indication the fill operations are adversely impacting groundwater offsite at this time."

(Full text of this letter and other relevant documents can be found at www.burlingtonairpark.com).

The Airpark further understands that Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health has concluded, based on the Ministry's review and private well sampling conducted by Health Department officials, that there is no health risk to residents from the Airpark's activities.

The Airpark will conduct further groundwater testing in the future and will be sharing the results with the Ministry.

In another development, Airpark owner Vince Rossi announced that he will not pursue a further legal appeal against the City of Burlington on the question of jurisdiction to apply its site alteration bylaw on land used for an airport.

"While I do not agree with the decision given by the Ontario Court of Appeal in June, I accept the Court's judgment and intend to comply with it. Equally important is my desire to move forward and in a mutually respectful and beneficial way with the Airpark's neighbours, the City of Burlington and all other interested parties," Rossi said.

"The Airpark is an important community asset, providing landing space for emergency medical flights and search-and-rescue aircraft, while also serving as a key economic driver for Burlington and Halton Region. It is my hope that with the litigation behind us, and the results of the groundwater testing re-confirmed, the City, Region and the Airpark can concentrate on enhancing the contributions the Airpark can make to the community and explore opportunities to attract more businesses and employment to our community. "

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