Impact Assessment of Preferred Option

Land Use, Visual, and Economic 

  • No changes anticipated to land uses in the surrounding community as a result of the SCRF
  • The increased visibility of the SCRF from some locations in the surrounding community will be minimized with visual screening
  • Anticipated contribution of between $349 and $372 million to the local economy 
  • May provide an additional $14 million in funding to the Heritage Green Community Trust and the City of Hamilton Royalty Fee Program

Proposed Impact Management Measures, Monitoring and Commitments 

  • Install visual screening techniques such as earth berms, vegetation, fences around the perimeter to obscure views of the facility
  • Continue best management practices such as stormwater management system, double-liner system, dust and noise controls

In addition to the existing berms, trees and fencing, Terrapure is considering additional visual screening techniques to minimize views of the facility.

 existing fencing on upper centennial parkway

existing fencing on upper centennial parkway

existing vegetation screening on green mountain road

 green wall

green wall

 Mechanically stabilized earth berm

Mechanically stabilized earth berm

 fencing with hedge screen

fencing with hedge screen

 fencing with live vegetation

fencing with live vegetation


Geology and Hydrogeology

  • Existing groundwater quality and groundwater flow will remain unchanged
  • Source Water Protection Areas are not anticipated to be affected

Proposed Impact Management Measures, Monitoring and Commitments
Groundwater will continue to be managed and protected by a: 

  • State-of-the-art 3 metre double-liner system
  • Network of groundwater collection trenches and containment wells
  • Comprehensive monitoring program to ensure no off-site migration and to verify groundwater levels
 landfill liner construction

landfill liner construction

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 groundwater monitoring

groundwater monitoring


Surface Water

  • Modify the existing stormwater management system to accept the minor increase in surface water run off

Proposed Impact Management Measures, Monitoring, and Commitments 

  • Modify the existing stormwater management system to continue to collect and treat precipitation that falls on the SCRF before being discharged off-site to the City of Hamilton’s storm system
  • Continue to monitor existing surface water sampling locations and any additional sampling locations required due to modifications to the stormwater management system
  • Apply for applicable permits/approvals for the modifications to the stormwater management system 
 stormwater management pond

stormwater management pond

 surface water monitoring

surface water monitoring