We found a new unguarded stash of possibly hazardous chemicals lying out in the open behind 350 Wentworth Street North. How has this gone unnoticed?
By Matt Jelly
Published July 26, 2010
Photos by Reg Moore
We found a new unguarded stash of possibly hazardous chemicals just a bit more than a football field away from homes, behind this building, at 350 Wentworth Street North.
350 Wentworth St. S.
My photographer Reg and I were able to enter the site easily. An out-of-use rail line leads directly to the site, as you can see from the satellite view below.
Easy site entry
On Google Streetview you can see the entrance from the street to the pre-existing rail tracks.
We walked approximately 100 yards from Wentworth Street along the abandoned rail line, came to the clearing, and there was no fence- we walked onto the site altogether unobstructed.
From this view, you can see another way into the site. The spot where we emerged from the rail line is visible from the street here:
Visible from street
Reg grew up just blocks from this site, less than 1,000 metres away. This is what we found.
This is where we entered the site from the abandoned rail line. No fence.
This property belongs to 1125906 ONTARIO LIMITED. They bought it in Febraury 2008 for $800,000.
This is all right next door to the City of Hamilton Operations Centre.
Next Door: City of Hamilton Operations Centre
The site is accessible from two directions, completely unprotected.
Accessible from two unprotected directions
How did this go unnoticed? What's in these barrels? Are the barrels empty or full? If they're full, is this a proper way to store chemicals? How long have they been there? Why do we only have a number for a name of the owner of this site?
How many Mayors have been in office while this has been happening?
I can name at least two.
A very corrosive argument indeed.
this article was first published on Matt Jelly's personal website
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