Samsung Renewable Energy has been suspended from using gravel roads in Haldimand County to build Industrial Wind Turbines and solar panels.
“[The suspension] is on the project areas with gravel roads, so not all of the construction will stop,” said Don Boyle, chief administrative officer, adding that residents might expect to see vehicles leaving those sites, but trucks should not be driving on gravel roads to build.
He also noted that construction would continue along Highway 20, which is not a gravel road.
County staff issued Samsung the suspension notice on June 23 after they said the company failed to comply with Haldimand’s road use agreement – in particular, the company’s obligation to deal with daily dust control.
“They have been doing some of the temporary [road] repairs, but we want it to be done quicker,” said Boyle. “The dust control was the last straw.”
While the issue with staff involves the road use agreement, councillors also made note of other issues with the company.
“My whole experience with the corporation as well as the subcontractors that they’ve hired has been so unacceptable,” Councillor Tony Dalimonte said.
“They said, ‘We understand. We’ll do better.’ And what happens? Absolutely nothing,” Councillor Leroy Bartlett added. “It’s just not fair for residents of Haldimand County.”
Tim Smitheman, manager of communications, government and public relations with Samsung Renewable Energy, said the company plans to resolve the issue and gain access to gravel roads “in the very near future.”
“Samsung is committed to living up to the terms of the road use agreement,” Smitheman said. “We recognize that dust control is very important to residents and the community, and we will continue to work with the municipality to implement appropriate measures.”
He also added that the company is working with their construction partners to address dust control issues.
“It’s something we take very seriously, and they’ve let us down in every way possible,” Boyle said.
Samsung Renewable Energy’s project in Haldimand includes the construction of 67 Industrial Wind Turbines and 425,000 solar panels in the Kohler, South Cayuga and Port Maitland areas. The project is expected to wrap this year.
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