Sunday, April 09, 2006

Trash Deal Could Bury Opposition

The City may have no choice but to allow for the expansion of the Carp Rd. dump.

In a document obtained by the Sun yesterday, a 2001 Ontario Municipal Board settlement between the city and two landfill operators indicates the city may already have agreed to "expidite" and "support" an application to extend the life of the landfill site and others in the city.

The agreement was part of a contract negotiated after amalgamation and included an agreement to allow the expansion of the dump.

Waste Management (WM), the operator of the Carp Rd. facility, and the city are involved in an environmental assessment because WM is looking to extend the life of the dump by 25 years and may need rezoning approvals from the city.


The 2001 document says Canadian Waste Services (now WM) and its competitor Waste Services Inc. (WSI) plan to "undertake certain activities for the purpose of enhancing and improving their ability to collect, transport, process or dispose of waste."

The activities to which the document is referring include applying to the province and other agencies for the "expansion of existing waste management operations at landfills owned by CWS and WSI."

That's making Bay Coun. Alex Cullen wonder if the city will be forced to accept expansion plans, despite a growing outcry from nearby residents who complain about the smell and a promise that the site would not continue to operate after it reaches capacity in the next few years.


"Life has become more complicated," said Cullen. "It's not as simple as it once was."

Cullen is concerned about the part of the document that says the city "agrees that it will expedite the consideration of any necessary municipal zoning, official plan amendment, site plan or building permit applications as applicable and, provided an environmentally sound proposal is made, will support the strategic landfill and diversion activities of CWS (now WM) and WSI and any applications for provincial approval, including Certificate(s) of Approval or amendments thereto, pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act or Environmental Assessment Act as the case may be."

A company official said at a recent public meeting there was little chance the company would abandon its expansion plans once it clears regulatory hurdles.

Mayor Bob Chiarelli sent a memo to councillors yesterday calling for a special council meeting next week to deal with a motion about the dump issue, expected to be introduced by Goulbourn Coun. Janet Stavinga.

WM would not comment on the issue yesterday.


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