Scotch Line cleanup costs escalate
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | September 14, 2017|
The cost of cleaning up the Scotch Line landfill has increased.
The Township of Minden Hills’ beleaguered waste disposal site was up for discussion once again at an Aug. 31 Minden Hills council meeting.
Ivan Ingram, environmental and property operations manager, reported that the municipality will need an additional $37,000 to complete work, after the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued a Provincial Officer’s Order to the township June 19 over concerns about leachate and a too high construction and demolition pile containing improper material.
The municipality had until Aug. 2 to report back, which it did, with a cleanup plan. But, the MOECC sent it back. The plan largely involved tackling the construction and demolition pile first, in 2017, followed by leachate in 2018.
Ingram said in a written report that the MOECC “have requested changes be made to the plan to address the leachate issues in 2017 rather than 2018.”
He tabled a revised plan for information that “contends that the issues of the leachate will be greatly reduced if the construction waste pile is taken down to a 4:1 slope and covered; this will make the other seeps easier to manage in 2018.”
Ingram said any sand used to absorb pooled leachate will be scraped up and disposed of on the tipping face. He said the litter control plan – to remove garbage from around the site – will also be completed by this November.
Staff originally proposed a $29,000 budget to complete the sloping of the construction waste pile, compliance plan, litter control and well notification but Ingram said that, “upon further review of the site with contractors, the estimate of the remedial work proposed will not be enough to complete the work required.”
He suggested the extra $37,000 could come from the Water Reserve. Total costs are now about $69,000.
Ian Oosting, senior environmental officer for the MOECC’s Peterborough office, said the ministry has accepted the plan to address “several operational issues” at the site.
“The municipality will now act to undertake the work set out,” he said.
Council heard the MOECC also rejected the township’s 25-year-plan for Scotch Line over the placement of a transfer station.
MOECC senior engineer Ranjani Munasinghe, in a letter to council, said he had reviewed the file and visited the site June 14 and the “proposed new location for the transfer station does not meet the ministry requirements.” He asked them to revise their proposal and re-submit in a month’s time.
A report to the Aug. 31 council meeting contained a revised version of the layout of the transfer station.
It’s basically moved the proposed station from the bottom of the landfill, to the west and south – to the east of the site.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.