December 3, 2001

Proposed revisions to Taro landfill permit designed to improve site operations

Proposed amendments to the Certificate of Approval for Philip Services' Taro Landfill in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, Ont, are intended to improve operations at the site for optimum environmental protection. The Ontario Ministry of Environment's proposals build on recommendations made in an October, 2000 report by the Taro East Landfill Expert Panel.

The proposed C of A amendments would require Philip Services to:

Begin a health impact assessment study to address potential health impacts on nearby residents arising from the landfill's operation;

Revise the structure of the Community Liaison Committee to address its role and functioning (including providing funding to enable the committee to retain legal or consulting services to review the landfill's reports);

Conduct additional monitoring of the landfill's leachate, if warranted; and

Ensure that leachate is not recirculated by spraying, to reduce the potential for release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The Expert Panel included specialists in landfill design and operation, hydrogeology, organic chemistry, wastewater treatment, air quality and health. Its conclusions supported the MOE's findings that the Taro East landfill has not created any offsite environmental impact. Both the panel and the Ministry agreed that core sampling at the landfill is not required at this point. The panel did, however, recommend that the MOE review its testing protocols for landfill sites, and the Ministry notes that it has begun such a review.

The proposed C of A amendments have been posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights registry for a 30-day comment period, ending December 19 (registry number IA01E1600, accessible through the MOE Web site, www.ene.gov.on.ca). More information is also available from Rick Day at the Ministry's Hamilton district office, 905/521-7664.

In other disposal site applications, a Nova Scotia firm, Inland Technologies Canada, of Truro, is seeking approval to operate an aircraft de-icing fluid (glycol)/water separation system at the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa. The operation will involve the processing and concentration of spent de-icing fluids using a separation process that yields concentrated glycol and distillate (water). The proposal calls for on-site storage of these liquids, local discharge of the distillate and transportation of the concentrate for use in other industrial applications. A portion of the feed liquid will be trucked in from other airports in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

The proposal has been posted for a 30-day comment period ending December 16 (EBR registry number IA01E1586).

Fielding Chemicals, in Mississauga, Ont is seeking approval to operate a pilot plant that uses membrane technology to separate chemicals. The proposed plant will be designed to meet existing fire codes and will have a maximum removal capacity of 15 kg or 3.3 gallons of water per hour from solvent mixtures. The company proposes to begin operating the plant some time next year. A 30-day comment period for this application ends December 19 (EBR registry number IA01E1604).

Canadian Waste Services has applied for an amendment to the existing C of A for its waste disposal site in Petrolia, near Sarnia, Ont. The company is seeking to expand the service area for this site to the entire province of Ontario and to increase the rate for receiving solid, non-hazardous residential, industrial, commercial and institutional waste to a maximum of 2,000 tonnes per day and 365,000 tonnes per year. The 30-day comment period for this proposal runs to December 19 (EBR registry number IA01E1606).

Chatham Rubber Manufacturing is seeking a C of A for the use and operation of its two-hectare site in Chatham-Kent to process up to 60 tonnes per day of scrap tires. The company plans to use a shredder, rasper and a series of mills to process the tires, with waste and processed materials stored at the site not to exceed 60 tonnes per day. The facility will serve the communities of Chatham-Kent, Essex, London, Kitchener and Sarnia. A 30-day comment period for this proposal ends December 26 (EBR registry number IA01E1643).

In other activities, the Ministry has charged Hamilton Bio Conversion in connection with an alleged discharge of food waste into Red Hill Creek, in Hamilton, in October 2000. One charge under the Ontario Water Resources Act relates to the incident, which may have impaired water quality in the creek. Four other charges under the Environmental Protection Act pertain to allegedly failing to comply with the terms of the company's C of A. A December 12 court date has been set.

Another Hamilton firm, CF Edible Oils, a vegetable oil producer operating as CanAmera Foods, faces two charges under the Environmental Protection Act. The first charge relates to the construction of equipment (in this case, a cyclone) that may discharge a contaminant (in this case, suspended particulates) into the natural environment, without a C of A. The second charge relates to the installation of the cyclone without an amendment to a C of A. A December 13 court date has been set.

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