11:30 a.m., May 28)
Dump This Dump 2 voice concerns at committee meeting
By Fred Sherwin
grassroots campaign to block a landfill site near Carlsbad
Springs recently descended on Ottawa City Hall where opponents
of the dump voiced their concerns before the citys
committee reviewed a staff report which will be sent to
the provincial Environment Ministry as part of the ongoing
environmental assessment process for the proposed site.
proposed Taggart Miller Capital Regional Resource Recovery
Centre east of Boundary Road and south of Hwy. 417 would
process solid, non-hazardous waste and recyclable materials
from the commercial and industrial sectors.
vast amount of the material would be construction and
demolition waste, however, the site would also process
hydrocarbon contaminated soil; conduct anaerobic digestion
of organic waste from commercial sources such as restaurants
and produce stores, and process leaf and yard waste.
the primary focus of the facility would be on waste recovery
and diversion, there would still be a volume of residual
and non-diverted waste and materials that would remain
on site as landfill, much the same way residual waste
is contained at the Progressive Waste processing facility
on Navan Road near Notre-Dame-des-Champs.
assurances from Taggart Miller that the facility would
not be processing any hazardous materials and that any
liquids produced through precipitation falling on the
site known as leachate, would be contained and treated,
opponents remain extremely skeptical of the companys
claims and are pushing for the province and the city to
reject the proposal.
or not they will be successful remains to be seen. At
this point it appears unlikely that the proposal would
be rejected based purely on the environmental assessment.
Any potential technical issues could be addressed by the
proponent and the province is philosophically committed
to diverting as much waste as possible through sites like
the one being proposed.
other possibility would be for the city to deny the rezoning
application. The proponent is waiting until after the
environmental assessment is approved before applying to
the city to have the site rezoned. The city could deny
the application, but Taggart Miller would almost certainly
appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.
of the facility are hoping Environment Minister Glen Murray
will intervene once the Ministry rules on the environmental
assessment, or refer it to a tribunal, where they feel
they will get a fair hearing.
Ministry is expected to release its final report on the
environmental assessment in six to eight weeks.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais has supported the Dump This Dump
2s efforts every since news of the proposed facility
first came to light in 2012. He summed up his own frustration
and that of the group during the committee meeting.
the loud and numerous voices against this proposal the
project continues down the track like an out of control
train heading for a cliff," said Blais.
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