The 20 Day Rule applies to everyone who sent an objection letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Nelson Aggregate in Oct-Dec 2020.
In your letter you objected to Nelson Aggregate's plans to blast two new open-pit mines on Burlington's Escarpment.
Nelson MUST respond to your letter anytime between now and October 27, 2022.
If you are not satisfied with Nelson Aggregate’s response to your issues and concerns you MUST reconfirm your objections to Nelson within 20 days after you receive their reply.
HERE'S HOW TO DO THAT:
Nelson Aggregate is obligated to fill out Part 1 of an official form for every objection they receive. They are further obligated to send every objector that same form, with the expectation that the objector (you) will complete Part 2 of the form. IF you do NOT complete Part 2 and return it within 20 days of receiving it, your objection will be deemed as "withdrawn".
If you do NOT reply within the 20 day window it will be as if you never raised your voice in opposition.
You will NOT have official standing in the further approval/disapproval process.
Your letter will not be entered into the official record.
Here's the actual text from the Ministry's form.
Instructions for Commenters
You have received this form because you have submitted a comment to the applicant for an Aggregate site, and [to] the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, during the consultation period, and you have not withdrawn your comment
(if there is not enough space provided, please attach a separate page with additional comments and
recommendations). Any person who wishes to object to an application for a licence shall complete this form and
serve it on the applicant by courier, registered mail or personal delivery, or by email (if the applicant consents), within
20 days of receiving the form. Send a copy of the completed form to the ministry.
Please review the information on Part 1 and complete Part 2. Any comment on an application for a licence for which
an objection form is not completed and sent within the 20-day deadline is considered withdrawn.
Return this Form to both the Applicant (at the address listed on Part 1) and send a copy to:
ARAapprovals@ontario.ca or if email is not available,
Integrated Aggregate Operations Section,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 300 Water Street, Peterborough ON K9J 3C7.
If you have questions, please contact:
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,
Natural Resources Information and Support Centre (NRISC)
300 Water Street
Peterborough ON K9J 3C7
In a statement posted on Nelson's website, they write that "Independent studies" conclude that their application to blast 124 additional acres in Burlington's Mt. Nemo would "have no adverse environmental impact."
CORE Burlington begs to differ.