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(Updated 11:30 a.m., May 28)
Dump This Dump 2 voice concerns at committee meeting

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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 city’s environment committee.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

While 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.

Despite 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 company’s claims and are pushing for the province and the city to reject the proposal.

Whether 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.

The 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.

Opponents 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.

The Ministry is expected to release its final report on the environmental assessment in six to eight weeks.

Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais has supported the Dump This Dump 2’s 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.

“Despite 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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