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Southwestern Landfill Environmental Assessment

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The Environmental Assessment (EA) is a long process and has many stages. On this page, you can find out what is happening with the Southwestern Landfill EA right now. 


What's Happening Now?

Preparation of the Draft EA Report (March-Summer 2019):

The consultants who carried out each of the 12 studies are preparing their reports. From those reports, Walker will prepare the  Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Report. The Draft EA Report will summarize the positive and negative impacts predicted for the landfill and outline how the landfill can be designed, operated, managed, and monitored in order to minimize negative impacts and optimize positive impacts. It will also report on all of the engagement and consultation activities that have been carried out and how input and concerns were considered.



What Happens Next?


Review of the Draft EA (Summer - late 2019):

All interested parties will have access the Draft Environmental Assessment Report and will be able to provide comments, including First Nations, local community members and organizations, and Peer Reviewers from the Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee and from the Ontario government, as well as any other interested parties. Walker will review comments and incorporate input into the Final Environmental Assessment Report. 

Note: Comments on the Draft EA report should be submitted directly to Walker Environmental.


Submission of the Final EA:

Walker will submit the Final Environmental Assessment report submission to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). There will be a public comment period and then the MECP will make a final decision to approve or not approve the Southwestern Landfill EA. 

Note: Comments on the Final EA submission should be submitted directly to the MECP.



What Happens After the MECP Decision?

If the Southwestern Landfill EA is approved by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Walker must then apply for more specific approvals that include detailed requirements for the landfill facility and its operation.



What EA stage was completed recently?

Technical Studies (Nov 2017 - Mar 2019)

12 different independent consultants, who are experts in their fields, collected background information and studied the local environment to determine if and how the landfill could impact the local area (negatively or positively). 

To learn more about the Technical Studies and the field work that was done, check out our "Studies and Field Work" page. 

In this stage, we continued to discuss the Southwestern Landfill EA. Meetings, discussions, and tours were carried out to answer questions and provide updates.



For more information about the EA process, please click here.