Evaluating the Options (continued...) 

This section continues to describe how the six options were compared against each other for advantages and disadvantages. 

Atmospheric Environment (Noise, Air Quality and Odour) 

Existing Conditions (Noise) 

  • Background noise north of the SCRF on Green Mountain Road is expected to change as residential development in the area increases. 

 Existing Conditions (Air Quality and Odour) 

  • Air quality at the SCRF is monitored by measuring airborne particulate (dust)
  • Monthly reports on air quality are provided to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and shared with the Community Liaison Committee
  • For this Environmental Assessment, air quality data from other stations in the Hamilton area was also used to establish background conditions in the area
  • Odour issues at the SCRF are rare because the waste received is non-organic and does not decompose. Generally odour complaints have been the result of pumping leachate into the retention ponds or equalizer basins 

Comparative Evaluation of the Options 

  • All Options are equally preferred because there would be a low potential for adverse effects to area residents from a dust and noise perspective, which would be further minimized through the use of standard mitigation measures and no effects from an odour perspective. 

Human Health

Existing Conditions

  • A Community Health Assessment Review is prepared every year to determine if ongoing SCRF operations present any impact to human health. The 2017 Review concluded that "no adverse health effects within the surrounding community should be expected as a consequence of the Terrapure Stoney Creek Regional Facility"
  • In order to assess the options for the proposed capacity increase, a number of criteria were considered in relation to their effect on human health: air quality, leachate quality, groundwater quality, surface water quality, and soil quality

Comparative Evaluation of the Options

  • Option 3 is considered preferred from a human health perspective. 
  • All other options are considered less preferred, but would have a low potential for adverse effects with the continuation of the existing site's mitigation measures augmented with additional Best Management Practices, where proposed, and on-going monitoring. 

Design and Operations

Existing Conditions 

  • The SCRF has been in operations since 1996, providing environmental services to Hamilton and Ontario-based generators of solid, non-hazardous residual material from commercial, industrial and institutional sectors
  • Only pre-approved solid, non-hazardous industrial residual material is received at the SCRF
  • The design and operation of the site are carried out in accordance with the Environmental Compliance Approval No. A181008

Comparative Evaluation of the Options

  • Option 3 and 5 are both considered more preferred compared to the other Options from a design and operations perspective including their ability to provide the additional capacity being sought through the EA, but Option 3 is more preferred because it would be easier to construct and have a lower overall capital cost.