After Quebec authorized the expansion of a landfill site against its will, the City of Drummondville now faces a major legal remedy.
The operator of the site, Waste Management, is demanding $ 5.4 million from the city administration.
Waste Management accuses the City of Drummondville of not having respected the terms of an agreement concluded between the two parties in 2012.
“The City was committed to changing its zoning to allow for the expansion of the landfill, which it now refuses to do. For eight years we have paid sums into an environmental emergency fund managed by the City and provided the latter with preferential rates. All we are asking today is to recover these amounts, ”explains Waste Management public affairs director Martin Dussault.
This lawsuit was filed Friday morning at the Drummondville courthouse, the day after the decree adopted by the Quebec government authorizing the expansion of the Saint-Nicéphore landfill site.
“It is insult to injury,” comments the chief of staff of Mayor Alain Carrier, Claude Proulx. We do not agree and we will make our points in court, but we will certainly not pay by apologizing. ”
The City of Drummondville, which is opposed to the expansion of the landfill site, is also evaluating its options regarding a possible challenge to the government decree.
Éric Duhaime denounces
While in Drummondville on Friday, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime, strongly denounced the decision of the CAQ government.
“What message does it send to elected officials and the population of the region? That the government does not care about them? It’s a completely undemocratic decision, ”he said.
In an interview with TVA Nouvelles, the Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charrette, said he understood the disappointment of local elected officials and citizens, but assures us that it was the “only solution”.
The minister wants to put in place means for Quebec to reduce the quantity of landfilled waste at source.