A Q & A Re Decision Regarding Ninth Line Landfill
September 1 2016
Questions from Gerry D. re VAC TRUCK ISSUE etc.
Your comments, or any additional information that you can provide, regarding the amendment that now allows United Soils to dump Hydro and Vac Truck fill loads into the open quarry on the Ninth Line.
Fact, the amendment does not allow United Soils Management (USM) to dump Hydro and Vac trucks loads into the open quarry. What the amendment says is that hydro vac trucks are allowed to bring the soil they contain onto the site and deposit it into a specialized piece of equipment which will be installed in an isolated area. The soil then receives testing to ensure it is not contaminated. Once it is confirmed to be ok it is then transferred to the land-fill area.
The study that will take place on the site and the protocols which will be followed, monitored by town staff and as they desire, the MOE, are the same protocols followed for all material brought to the site. The difference is that currently large areas, the Toronto subway construction site as an example from where most of the current full loads are coming, are tested at that location and not necessarily at the pit. The difference is also that the pit operator simply visits the Small Source Site and does a visual inspection rather than the complete test. That is really the only difference.
What people are missing is that these are not vac trucks that clean out septic tanks etc as has been quoted by some people. The vac truck operations being allowed to come are trucks from Powell Fencing (the only customer approved to date) that dig the holes to install telephone poles in new approved subdivisions or as you will see along the 400 highway where they are installing KMs of sound barriers. They will have ultimately have dug thousands of holes for the sound barrier support poles. I think you can appreciate it would be impractical to do sophisticated testing for each hole.
In the future a customer might be a supplier who installs swimming pools in private homes. Presently these companies have no place to legally dump the fill they extract. But that is anticipated to be in the future.
In particular, what safeguards are in place to assure the Town and the MNE that no contaminants are dumped by Hydro & Vac trucks into this site?
The pit operator USM is responsible for approving any future companies that will be allowed to bring material to this location. A town employee, a technologist, spends most of his working hours visiting the pit to ensure all protocols are being followed. He is allowed on-site unannounced. USM are charged a fee per truck load to pay for this town inspection. It comes to just over $100,000. per year.
USM are obligated to post a $1. million cash performance (1/3 of which has already been paid), security with the town. Not a Bond, but cash.
The quarry is atop the Oak Ridges Moraine and a major aquifer. Our fear is that any contaminants will leech into our water supply, Town, well or otherwise.
The process to get us to where we are today has taken 14 months of studies and consultation. Two of the top Canada-wide environmental companies were retained by USM. There have also been a number of public consultation opportunities provided during that period. Specifically there were 4 such consultation meetings in the last six months. I attended three of these sessions to learn the facts before I made my decision. It must also be said that the two councillors and mayor who now oppose this process and are being quoted in the Tribune, chose not to attend any of these consultation sessions.