The recommended option (#5) involves a reconfiguration of the site back to the previous ministry-approved footprint and a small height increase of approximately 2.5 meters. This option was chosen based on its technical feasibility, low net environmental impacts, and input from the community and other stakeholders, as well as its ability to accommodate the identified additional capacity to continue to support the growing local economy. The, design, effects and mitigation measures will be finalized and confirmed during the Impact Assessment stage.

A significant amount of work by our team of experts, including environmental engineers, scientists and planners, went into determining the recommended option. The six options were evaluated by reviewing community and stakeholder input and completing a comparative evaluation, which included the potential effects on ten environmental components, such as groundwater, wildlife, human health, the economy and traffic. Each option was compared against one another to come up with overall best, recommended option.

What other options were considered?

There were six options or “Alternative Methods” considered, each with different layouts and configurations. The options and the evaluation criteria used evaluate them were presented in detail at the first open house (and online) for feedback from the community. Details can be found on the project website here.

Is this recommendation final?

No. The recommended option and how it was identified was presented at an Open House on March 22, 2018 for feedback from the community. If you weren’t able to come to the Open House you can still participate in the Online Open House until April 20, 2018. As well, we are meeting with review agencies and indigenous communities to obtain their feedback on the recommended option. This input will allow us to confirm the recommended option before moving forward to undertake detailed design and complete a more detailed effects assessment and mitigation plans for that option.

How is Terrapure ensuring that the evaluation of the options was completed in a robust and transparent way?

Terrapure is adhering to the strict requirements of a full individual Environmental Assessment laid out by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. All six of the proposed options were evaluated and assessed from the perspective of ten environmental components. These components include land use, visual, economic, surface water, noise and human health impacts. A team of environmental planners, scientists, engineers and experts found the recommended option to have lowest overall net effect of all the options, while also enabling Terrapure to add capacity required to continue serving the economy of Greater Hamilton. Additionally, a team of independent experts from the Ministry of the Environment, the City of Hamilton and other government agencies are required to review this work to ensure it is comprehensive and of high quality. These regulatory requirements and government reviews ensure that there is a great deal of scrutiny throughout the EA process including the evaluation of the potential effects.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT BACKGROUND

What is a full individual Environmental Assessment (EA) process?

The proposed changes to the SCRF are subject to an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Ontario EA Act. The EA process is the most rigorous and thorough process available in Ontario. An EA is a study that assesses the potential environmental effects (positive or negative) of a proposal. Key components of an EA include consultation with government agencies and the public; consideration and evaluation of alternatives; and the management of potential environmental effects. Conducting an environmental assessment promotes good environmental planning before decisions are made about proceeding with a proposal. To learn more about the Environmental Assessment Process, you can also visit the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's website.

How long will this EA process take?

Terrapure anticipates between 15 to 18 months of technical work and consultation before we submit the proposed EA to the Ministry for review followed by approximately 8 to 9 months of ministerial review (30 weeks legislated) before a final decision. Realistically, we expect a final decision in mid-to-late 2019.

Will Terrapure consult the community throughout the EA process?

Yes! There will be many opportunities for public input during the Environmental Assessment phase including three open houses (with an online open house option). We encourage the community to participate, provide input on key aspects of the project, and ask questions to our project team. As with the Terms of Reference, we will also share information and seek feedback beyond the open houses. We encourage our neighbours and stakeholders to get in contact with our Project Team throughout the EA process with any questions they may have.

What is the Evaluation Criteria and Indicators?

As part of the EA, we will consider the potential effects on the natural environment and the community surrounding the Stoney Creek Regional Facility. The list of criteria was applied to each of the six options to evaluate if there is any potential impact (positive or negative). The community had the opportunity to review the evaluation criteria and provide from their perspective what additional criteria should be considered.

Who is conducting the Environmental Assessment Technical Studies?

GHD will continue to complete the majority of the work during the Technical Studies. GHD is a leading professional services company with extensive expertise in all aspects of the Stoney Creek Regional Facility.

How can the community be assured that the studies are being completed fairly, accurately, and transparently?

There are multiple independent checks and balances throughout the EA process. These include:

  • Consultants are bound by professional codes of conduct and ethics and will complete objective and unbiased work
  • Dr. Kerry Rowe, a world-renowned waste facility expert, has been retained to conduct an independent third party review of certain aspects of the EA and is bound by his own professional code of practice and reputation
  • A Government Review Team (GRT) made up of professionals from provincial, regional, and municipal agencies individually review and provide input that Terrapure will address before the EA is submitted to the Minister
  • The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is the final reviewer and decision maker of the proposed undertaking submitted. The Ontario EA process is a rigorous process that requires a high level of independent, unbiased work and review.

How can I get involved?

Terrapure encourages neighbours, community members and other stakeholders to get involved throughout the Environmental Assessment process. In addition to hosting three open houses, individuals can at any time:

  • Contact us by phone at 1-844-898-2380
  • Email us at info@terrapurestoneycreek.ca
  • Visit the project website at: www.terrapurestoneycreek.ca
  • Request to be added to our notices and mail-outs
  • Request an in-person meeting with our project team
    We also encourage you to let us know if there is a better, more convenient way for you to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions.

What is Terrapure Proposing to do?

We are responding to growing demands from our local customers, particularly those in Hamilton. Industries such as steel-making and infrastructure developments like the McMaster Children’s Hospital expansion and the new James Street GO Station rely on us to provide a safe, environmentally sound facility to support the growth of the local economy. Fifty percent of the material received annually comes from customers in the City of Hamilton. If it had to go to another facility farther away, it would add significant cost and environmental impact from increased transportation. The proposed site reconfiguration would allow Terrapure to continue to provide a significant economic contribution to the local community, with well-paying jobs and over $14 million in additional funding to community groups and local infrastructure projects in Stoney Creek.

Why is Terrapure proposing to increase the capacity of the SCRF?

We’ve put together two videos that explain how we operate the SCRF. Terrapure’s compliance record at the SCRF is exemplary. We operate in compliance with or exceeding regulatory requirements. The highly engineered site ensures maximum environmental protection through a double-liner system. It is constructed with two levels of natural clay liner and a single geosynthetic membrane liner along with extensive leachate and groundwater collection systems. The liner is approximately 10 feet thick and ensures nothing is able to escape to the natural environment. The design has been called “state of the art” by an independent panel of experts. We have been in operation for 20 years, with more and more neighbours and residential development building up around us, and we have never had an incident affecting health or the environment. In fact, Hamilton Public Health has reviewed all of the extensive health and environmental monitoring data accumulated over 20 years in existence and confirmed there is nothing that poses a risk to the community.

How did Terrapure arrive at the additional amount of residual material being applied for?

Terrapure identified a realistic amount of additional residual volume required to meet the needs of local customers from the City of Hamilton and surrounding area over a timeframe that makes logical business sense.

Why doesn’t Terrapure look at a different location for receiving the additional waste?

Terrapure considered finding an alternative site for a new facility and determined it not to be feasible. Given that 50% of the material accepted at the SCRF comes from local industry in Hamilton, a new site would need to be located in Hamilton. The proposed changes prevent the need to site a new landfill in Hamilton.

Who ultimately decides whether the proposed changes can proceed or not?

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change is responsible under the EA Act for approval of the proposed capacity increase of the SCRF.

Is the Community Liaison Committee being consulted on the proposed changes? If so, how?

Yes. Terrapure is engaging with members of the Community Liaison Committee (“CLC”) as a key stakeholder during the EA process, similar to all interested stakeholders. In addition to special informational workshops or meetings requested by the CLC to specifically discuss the proposed EA project, all CLC members are invited to attend all public related events throughout the EA process (e.g., Public Open Houses). The committee is comprised of citizen members from the local community surrounding the facility, representatives of Terrapure, the City of Hamilton and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Is the City of Hamilton being consulted on the proposed changes? If so, then how?

Yes. Terrapure is consulting directly with the City of Hamilton throughout the EA process, both with politicians and City staff.

What is the Government Review Team and their role in the EA process?

The Government Review Team (GRT) consists of staff from government ministries and agencies (federal, provincial, including local Conservation Authorities; and, municipal, including local Boards of Health) who contribute to the review of EA documentation (Terms of Reference and EA) by providing comments from their mandated areas of responsibility.

How do the proposed changes align with the new provincial Waste Free Ontario & Circular Economy Act?

Terrapure’s proposal aligns perfectly with the government’s direction on continuing to require permitted, well-designed, environmentally-secure landfills to manage residual materials. The relatively short lifespan will provide an important bridge as the government and society work towards the vision of a zero-waste economy.

 

TERRAPURE & THE STONEY CREEK REGIONAL FACILITY

Who is Terrapure?

Terrapure Environmental (Terrapure) is a leading Canadian provider of innovative, cost-effective environmental services and recycling solutions that help address industry’s most complex environmental challenges. With an unwavering focus on environmental, health and safety excellence, the company provides services that minimize waste and maximize the recovery or recycling of valuable industrial by-products through a coast-to-coast facility network and on customer sites.

Where is the Stoney Creek Regional Facility?

The Terrapure Stoney Creek Regional Facility (SCRF) is located at the northwest corner of Mud Street and Upper Centennial Parkway (Highway 20) in the community of upper Stoney Creek and has been part of the local community since it was approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in 1996.

What is the SCRF?

The SCRF is unique in Ontario in that it only takes in non-hazardous residual excavation materials and by-products from industries, such as local steel production. The highly engineered site ensures maximum environmental protection and has been called “state of the art” by an independent panel of experts. The SCRF operates Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is regulated by the MOECC.

Does the SCRF smell?

The SCRF does not take in garbage so there are no garbage-related odours.

What type of material does the SCRF take in?

The SCRF is only permitted to receive non-hazardous residual materials from industrial operations like the local steel producers and infrastructure projects like the new James Street GO station and the McMaster Children’s Hospital expansion.

Where does the material come from?

Approximately 50 percent of the material received annually at the SCRF comes from customers in the City of Hamilton, so the site plays a vital role supporting local industry and the economy.

How does the SCRF contribute to the local community?

Terrapure has an exemplary track record of operating the SCRF and enjoys strong relationships with its neighbours and the City of Hamilton. Terrapure has provided over $22 million to the City of Hamilton and the Heritage Green Community Trust over the history of the SCRF. Terrapure looks forward to continuing to provide funding for local community groups and maintaining these great relationships while increasing our investments in the health and well-being of the community.

How does the SCRF support local industry and the local economy?

The SCRF plays a critical role in supporting local industry and the local economy with a conveniently located, environmentally sound facility for non-recyclable industrial residual material.

How is the environment protected?

We’ve put together two videos that explain how we operate the SCRF. Terrapure’s compliance record at the SCRF is exemplary. We operate in compliance with or exceeding regulatory requirements. The highly engineered site ensures maximum environmental protection through a double-liner system. It is constructed with two levels of natural clay liner and a single geosynthetic membrane liner along with extensive leachate and groundwater collection systems. The liner is approximately 10 feet thick and ensures nothing is able to escape to the natural environment. The design has been called “state of the art” by an independent panel of experts. We have been in operation for 20 years, with more and more neighbours and residential development building up around us, and we have never had an incident affecting health or the environment. In fact, Hamilton Public Health has reviewed all of the extensive health and environmental monitoring data accumulated over 20 years in existence and confirmed there is nothing that poses a risk to the community.

What are the Heritage Green Trust and the City of Hamilton Royalty Program?

Terrapure maintains two major community investment programs related to the SCRF – the Heritage Green Community Trust and a City of Hamilton Royalty Program. One dollar for every tonne of material received at the site each year goes into each initiative, which support community charitable and infrastructure programs. Over the nearly 20 years that these programs have been in place, they have injected a combined total of more than $22 million into the local community.

 

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