NEWS SUMMARY (May 27, 2002)BC amends EA Act reviewable projects regulation
VICTORIA, BC-British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office has announced amendments to the reviewable projects regulation under the existing Environmental Assessment Act. The amendments underwent stakeholder review last December and affect five project categories, among them metal refining processes and graphite quarries. Metal refining processes which are to be part of an overall mining operation and will cause little added disturbance to the site are exempted from review. Stand-alone smelters and refineries which may process ores from several sources will remain reviewable. Also, graphite quarries producing less than 250,000 tonnes per year will be exempted from the EA process. Graphite quarries cause less environmental disturbance than other metal ore mines, and the province is redefining graphite as an industrial mineral rather than a mineral, in line with other jurisdictions. Other changes in the regulation clarify the reviewability criteria for four project categories: solid waste management projects; special waste projects; construction stone/industrial mineral mines; and railway projects. More information is available from Ray Cook, project assessment director, 250/356-7492.
Jasper selects Earth Tech for new wastewater plant
JASPER, ALTA-The Municipality of Jasper has selected Earth Tech to design, build and operate (DBO) a new wastewater treatment facility for the community. The 20-year contract is valued at over $11 million. Under a fast-track schedule, construction is due to begin shortly and the plant will be operational by the end of this year, with full commissioning anticipated by the spring of 2003. Earth Tech will replace the existing 30-year old four-cell wastewater lagoon with a more advanced biological nutrient removal (BNR) wastewater treatment plant system. The firm will also manage both operations and management services for the facility. Operations services will include facility staffing and training, safety programs, and start-up and commissioning of facilities and treatment processes. Management services will include financial and administrative reporting, discharge compliance, regulatory interface, quality assurance/quality control services, emergency response planning, accounting and human resource programs. The advanced new system will be required to handle a cyclical treatment demand for the town, a popular tourist destination whose normal population of 4,700 swells to more than 20,000 during the summer months. Founded in 1970, Earth Tech (www.earthtech.com) has nearly 200 branch offices worldwide. Its wastewater group provides complete project planning, design, construction, environmental permitting, operation and management services for wastewater treatment facilities and systems. The firm is a business unit of Tyco International, in Long Beach, California.
Philip Services achieves ISO 14001 registration for its emergency response division
HAMILTON, ONT-Philip Services (PSC) has completed registration of its Emergency Response Division (Canada) to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems (EMS), effective May 8, 2002. The Emergency Response Division joins the company's Taro facility which was registered in April 2001, as well as its operations at 52 Imperial Street and 237 Brant St in Hamilton, which received their registration in October 2001. PSC began the registration process early last year and received formal recognition after an independent third-party audit by SGS International Services Canada.
Waste firms, driver fined $103K for allowing leakage from transport truck
BURLINGTON, ONT-Two companies and an individual have been fined a total of $103,000 plus a victim fine surcharge on charges arising from the transportation of waste. Les Services Environnementaux de l'Est pleaded guilty under section 14 of Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act) and was fined $70,000 for discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect. The Burlington court was told odours emanating from a waste-filled truck caused breathing problems for three individuals. The waste was being transported from the company's transfer station in Baie-Comeau, Quebec to a disposal site in Wayne, Michigan. Eric Laurendeau, the driver of the truck carrying the waste, also pleaded guilty under section 14 of the EP Act and was fined $25,000 for discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect. The court heard that a liquid contaminant leaked from the truck and stained the inspection pad at the Milton/Halton Hills truck inspection station where Laurendeau had been stopped. Finally, Christie Transport, which dispatched the truck to the waste transfer station, was fined $8,000 for failing to ensure that the body of the carrier vehicle was leakproof, as required under Regulation 347 of the Act. The incident occurred August 1999.
Bennett awarded record $40M contract to treat contaminated soil at Superfund site
OAKVILLE, ONT-Bennett Environmental has been awarded a $40 million (Cdn) contract, the largest in its history, to treat soil contaminated with wood treatment chemicals, including creosote, at a U.S. Superfund site in New Jersey. "This is the second phase of a four-phase project that Bennett Environmental has won and endorses our quality of service and competitiveness in treating contaminated soil", said company president Peter Richardson, adding that "shipments should start in late June and continue into early 2003." Founder and CEO John Bennett said the project will provide "a good base load for our plant well into the first half of 2003. We are well positioned to be awarded subsequent phases from this project based on a high level of customer satisfaction with our services," he stated. Bennett Environmental provides high-temperature treatment services for remediation of contaminated soil. Independent testing has shown its proprietary technology to operate well within the most stringent North American criteria. More information is available from John Bennett at the Vancouver office, 604/681-8828, or Peter Richardson at the Oakville office, 905/339-1540, or on the company's Web site, www.bennettenv.com.