Date Submitted: April 11, 1997 (PD 22/04/97)
Expiry of Public Comment Period: May 22, 1997
Decision Date: June 30, 1997 (approved with amendments)
Description of the Undertaking Being Considered
The proposed undertaking is to expand the Service Area of the Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill Site to include all municipalities in Ontario. The proponent is the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (a joint board of management of the City of Windsor and the County of Essex-Windsor).
Essex-Windsor raises the money for its 3Rs programs and the operation of its waste transfer and disposal system through the tipping fee at the disposal site. To keep these costs stable and reasonable to the ratepayers of Essex-Windsor, approximately 250,000 tonnes of waste are required to be disposed of annually. While this capacity has historically been available, it has been reduced to approximately 130,000 tonnes since the export of ICI waste has been taking place.
An amendment to the Service Area would allow Essex-Windsor to receive solid non-hazardous wastes from other Ontario municipalities to make up this short fall in annual capacity, thereby keeping the waste management costs to Essex-Windsor reasonable.
Description of the Environmental and Potential Effects
The proponent states that the proposed undertaking does not amend any of the assumptions that form the basis of these studies and the existing approval of the Regional Landfill Site. For example:
The only assumption that does change is the source location of a portion of the waste. As such, no other impacts of the proposed undertaking have been identified.
The proponent is proposing to limit the consideration of alternatives to the "do nothing" and "the expansion of the service area of the Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill Site to include all municipalities in Ontario".
Environmental Assessment Work Plan
The proponent proposes to complete two studies to support the EA application.
A transportation study would be undertaken to determine an acceptable haul route for waste coming to the Regional Landfill Site from locations outside of Essex-Windsor.
An Economic study will be prepared to look closely at the economics of operating the Regional Landfill Site with currently expected disposal rates compared to an annual rate of 250,000 tonnes.
A Landfill Liaison Committee (LLC) was established to review the operation of the Regional Site on an ongoing basis. The LLC has been consulted on the Terms of Reference and what consultation may be appropriate (i.e. open house(s), notice and comment opportunities) in the preparation of the EA. The LLC will also be heavily involved in reviewing and commenting on studies to be done under these Terms of Reference.
The proponent states that once the draft studies have been completed under these Terms of Reference, identifying potential haul routes needed to link with the existing haul route, an open house will be held to allow public comment on the draft studies and the undertaking. Landowners and tenants along the preferred new portion of the haul route will be given mailed notice of this open house.
The open house will also be advertised in the appropriate local paper(s) to allow members of the public an opportunity to attend and comment. Should the draft studies identify any impacts on the interests of a government ministry or agency, they will be consulted directly.
Amendments to the Provisional Certificate of Approval (No. A011101) issued for the Regional Landfill Site, pursuant to Part V of the Environmental Protection Act, would be necessary.
The prime focus for consultation on these Terms of Reference has been with the Landfill Liaison Committee (LLC), since the membership of this committee comes from those persons and municipalities most affected and interested in the site operation. Input has been obtained by meeting directly with the LLC and obtaining member input and comment on these Terms of Reference.
The proposed undertaking identified in the Terms of Reference has also been the topic of public discussion and debate in Essex-Windsor’s newspapers and on television programs.
The Councils of the City of Windsor and the County of Essex, through their joint management board, support the proposed amendment.
If approved by the Minister, the Terms of Reference will provide a framework for preparing the Environmental Assessment, and also serve as a benchmark for reviewing the Environmental Assessment. Following the Minister's approval of the Terms of Reference, the proponent is required to ensure that the Environmental Assessment is consistent with the approved Terms of Reference.
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