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Get the Lead out!

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Make Winnipeg a safe place to live "for everyone"

We are petitioning the City of Winnipeg Council for their support to prioritize the Mission Industrial Secondary Plan, a plan that should include:

  • Larger buffer zones
  • Denial of variance and conditional uses that decrease buffer zones
  • Better inspections to ensure that hazardous industry is not operating within designated buffer zones
  • A collaborative community and tri-level government approach to environmental protection with respect to industrial areas to ensure the safety of residents from potential air, water and soil pollution
  • An emergency evacuation plan for the Mission area and the surrounding community, that is done collaboratively with residents and businesses
  • Initiate a request to the Federal Government to study the feasibility of rail relocation under the Rail Relocation Act

Reasons for the Petition:

Disaster management and much-needed evacuation plan

  • Speedway International Fireball - Oct. 2, 2012
  • Tanker explosion that had potential to rocket up to a mile in any direction

Residents should not be the ones finding and bringing inconsistencies in zoning and industrial land uses to the City of Winnipeg’s attention

  • Hazardous material operation exceeding uses should be caught by city departments
  • Fuel-filled tanker cars discovered in the Speedway International Fire had gone unnoticed by any city inspections

Our yards, school yards and playgrounds where children play need to be safe from contamination

  • Weston Elementary School lead in soil and playground since late 1970’s
  • Elevated levels of several heavy metals in St. Boniface yards and gardens

Mission Industrial area

  • Larger buffer zones between industry and residential are required to ensure the safety of residents
  • Some industry is known to pollute as far as a mile from source
  • Given the plans for intensified densification, this should be top priority as it has potential to impact human health
  • Concerns of high hazard industry in close proximity to residential, other high hazard industries and to active rail lines
  • 2 – 4km trains known to haul hazardous goods through the industrial area
  • Mission industrial area is the largest industrial area in The City of Winnipeg, currently it has approximately 85% high hazard industry
  • Located 10 minutes from our City’s downtown

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