Water quality in some wells surrounding Simcoe County’s Dump Site 41 has noticeably deteriorated since work resumed on preparing the facility, say opponents.

“We are really concerned about the condition of the drinking water,” said Jen Meunier, spokesperson for a group that met with Environment Minister John Gerretsen yesterday.

The visit followed a 140-kilometre trip by two men who cycled from the site to the minister’s St. Clair Avenue West office to draw attention to their concerns.

Work had been delayed for five weeks while critics blockaded the dump’s gates, but resumed after an injunction was issued to disband the blockade. Police arrested 17 protesters on mischief charges.

The Alliston Aquifer, which lies directly under Site 41, is part of a vast network of underground reservoirs running from Georgian Bay under Lake Simcoe and almost to Lake Ontario through the Oak Ridges Moraine, a major source of drinking water.

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