Salt Storm(starting) 2012

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Another light dusting again today, came out around noon to see my vehicle was covered with a white material. MOE informed.
Checking Eastport, there was a ship discharging what I believe to be gypsum.

First two show the dusting of my vehicle;
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Ship unloading on Eastport, directly behind my house.
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There have been some minor occurrences since our last impact back on October 19th and have been reported to the MOE, I am still waiting for some samples to come back from being tested. On November 24th the area around the Texaco condos was hit pretty hard after some moderate winds out the south, the cars looked like they had been sitting in barn for ten years. At the time, there was a ship loading on Pier 24 and and open salt pile on Pier 23.
Some pictures sent in by resident and also posted on the other Beach site.
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Open salt pile on Pier 23;
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I called the MOE this week as my vehicle had a light dusting on it which looked like salt. Checking the piles on Eastport I notice one was open and it looked like this pile was being used to load trucks for delivery, this pile would be located directly behind my property. Another pile further north had the cover damaged and was also open.
Move ahead to today, severe winds are in the forecast with winds expected to hit over 100km and checking Eastport Drive, both piles are still open.

My windshield was cleaned but covered again.
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From today (December 11th)
Piles left open for the weekend on Eastport.
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The damaged cover and open pile;
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Winds out of the southwest at well over 100km;
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After yesterdays storm and high winds, vehicles on my street were covered white material that resembles salt. The high winds were announced on the media so everyone, including the Port, knew that the winds were coming and left two piles of salt open. Other streets were hit as well but not as bad.

My vehicle;
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Another car from my street;
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And a truck that was parked on Granville Ave.
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These were sent in by a resident on Clare Ave, a fairly new vehicle also completely covered.

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I stopped by our local pub today and the car I parked behind was very similar to mine, it was completely covered with a white blotchy substance that looked to be salt. I asked the owner of the vehicle where they lived and they replied Arden Ave, so this latest impact was more widespread then I thought.
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The MOE and the salt company (QSL) have both agreed that impact was from the salt company located on Eastport, QSL and has mailed out car wash coupons to many residents. Problem being is that the impact damage isn't isolated just our vehicles, any medal on our proprieties also get damaged over time and with every hit.
 

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I received of complaints from residents yesterday who seen the salt piles wide open during high winds. Checked my vehicle and it had a light dusting of what looked like salt. I traveled over to Eastport and one large pile was uncovered and another looked to be open as well, the front section of the tarp was moving quite a bit in the wind.

My car windshield;
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Open piles;
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Open pile, taken near Harry's Pub;
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Edit;
From the environmental section of the Hamilton Spectator, Matthew VanDongen writes about the impacts of the tenants located on Port lands including our salt issue.
https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilt...nt-will-fall-from-the-sky-in-hamilton.html?rf
It seems the article is for membership only at present, this the section about our salt issue.

Salt pollution

Scott Howley routinely posts photos online of corroded eavestroughs and stained vehicles on Hamilton's beach strip that he believes are due to road salt blown off massive piles stored on Pier 26. He started posting photos in 2012 and complained to the ministry about a coating of salt on his vehicle as recently as last December. The ministry said last year it is working with cargo unloading companies on "best management practices" for salt piles at Pier 26, including covering unused piles and wetting the face of open piles.

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority head Ian Hamilton also told councillors last year the organization is working with the ministry and its tenants to tackle the problem. ''I know it's not eliminated, but I am hoping there has been a noticeable improvement."
(Nothing has improved)
 

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Leaving my house today (February 19th) I notice my vehicle and property cover with a white substance again.
Checking the piles on Eastport, one large pile was open on both ends, once again it was another long weekend with no loading going on. There was plenty of news forecasts stating we would be getting inclement weather with high winds combined with an Alberta Clipper. Yet the piles were left open and unattended, there was also a high winds warning on the QEW stating to be cautious on the Skyway due to the high winds.

This is the front (south end) of the pile.
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The rear section;
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Skyway warning;
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Checking my vehicle on Wednesday (February 23rd) it was covered in what looked like salt. I had my car at the car wash two days before and it rained most of next day and it was was warm for this time of the year, therefore the QEW wasn't getting salted. Checked Eastport and two piles were still wide open as they were last weekend. Also, the QEW sign warned motorist again about high winds on the Skyway. I checked through the neighbourhood and found that Grafton got much more impacted than the other streets (many attached pictures),The whole street had a uniform impact to all vehicles.

The open piles;
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Wind warning for the Skyway;
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Impacted vehicles on Grafton Ave;
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Another wind storm (100km+) coming for March 6th and the same two piles have been open since February 19th, I seen a covering of my vehicle of what looked like salt after winds started and checked Eastport. The Skyway was closed in both directions as a tractor trailer rolled over due to the high winds, but the same two piles are wide open.
Two open piles;
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Mess on the QEW due to the high winds;
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Another weekend with blustery winds and the piles are still open. The smaller working pile was covered somewhat but the large piles was wide open and looking like it is collapsing.
These were taken on March 12th;
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The smaller pile is open behind the rail car.
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Another of my vehicle covered with what looks like salt.
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The same large pile has been open since February 19th with many days that had winds out of the west, also many days with a white substance on my vehicle and property.
I was told that this pile is a working pile meaning that it is used to load trucks for delivery, I have never seen any product being removed from this pile and the only time I see any change is when there are high winds.
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High winds out of the south west were forecasted in the news for March 30th, due to the wind direction, I was not impacted. I checked with resident on the adjacent side streets a couple days later and was told that they received substance that resemble salt and another darker material.
Checking ship traffic, a ship unloaded a load of gypsum directly behind Granville ave during the wind storm of March 30th. The pile is still uncovered today(April 11th)
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Finally the large "working" pile was covered up on the weekend April 3rd;
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Ship are starting to return with more loads of salt to unload. On June 7th and ship came and unloaded over night and the pile was covered up the next morning. However, I noticed a very light dusting on my vehicle when leaving for the day (June 8th), the other side street were not as lucky. A Grafton Ave resident had his high end truck covered with a white substance that looked like salt, the material seemed to be buried into the paint making the surface of his truck fell like sandpaper.

The unloaded pile with a white tarp;
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Truck from Grafton;
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More ship loads coming, last night a vessel came in and unloaded overnight. The pile was promptly covered starting at 8am and there weren't enough winds to impact our community. However, this is just another massive salt pile that has to be slowly loaded into trucks when the weather gets colder and delivered. That means more damage to our properties.
Open pile from this morning;
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Another ship load came in last Sunday (July 10th), I checked the pile over the last few days and it was left uncovered until today when a white tarp was finally installed, that would would be almost three days with moderate winds.
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This picture was taken yesterday (July 12th), a tarp is blowing around near the north side of the pile but not covering it.
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From July 13th, anther ship load came in today but was covered the next morning. This pile is still a shipload of salt that will be trucked out all next winter.
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On July 26th another ship load was dropped off in behind Comet Ave but lucky for residents in that area, the winds were light and out of the east.
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Forward to August 1st, I noticed a white salt looking substance on my vehicle a few time over the last week. But on this day it was worst and checking the other streets, both sides of my street were hit, Lagoon, Clare and Granville all had some impact.
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A resident near Rembe Ave sent these photos in to me yesterday that were that on August 4th, his truck was clearly also covered in a white substance that looked like salt. The piles on Eastport have been cover up since the end of July but we keep getting impacted. Well past time to have these piles moved.
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