Ward councillor will ask council to formally oppose gas plant

Coun. Matthew Green released a video outlining a motion he'll bring to city council to formally oppose the proposed garbage plant on the waterfront in his ward and demand more environmental scrutiny.

Matthew Green: "I think it's time that we turn the corner" on potential increased environmental risk

 Coun. Matthew Green says in a video released today he woke up Wednesday hoping this week's news about the garbage plant proposed for his district was "some kind of April Fool's joke." 

He cheered the city's investment in Ward 3 for the Pan Am Games and said the nearby garbage plant does not fit in with that new investment. He criticized the company, Port Fuels and Materials Services, and released a motion he'll bring to the city's April 15 General Issues Committee meeting to expressly oppose the plant and formally call for a higher-level environmental assessment. Coun. Sam Merulla, who represents neighbouring Ward 4, signed on to second the motion.

Green calls on Mayor Fred Eisenberger to contact Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to "bump up" the environmental review from the proponent-led "Environmental Screening Report" to a fuller provincial review under an individual "Environmental Assessment." 

"Over the course of this year, I have not been satisfied at any point in time that this company has the experience, or the proven, scientifically proven technology to do what it is they say they would like to do here in Hamilton," he said in the video. 

"Our community has carried the environmental burden of all the industry [in past decades], and we have done it proudly," Green said. "I think it's time that we turn the corner on these things and limit any kind of increased potential risk and hazard."