With the west Edmonton landfill quickly approaching capacity, Waste Management Canada’s Thorhild landfill facility finally opened on Oct. 19, nearly 10 years after the project’s announcement.
Now, residents within a 1.8 mile radius of the landfill are eligible to receive compensation as property value protection.
According to Waste Management’s project website, “We have been engaging the public throughout this project beginning in 2006. A range of methods have been used for public involvement including hosting Open Houses, Store Fronts, follow-up on individual requests and the establishment of a Thorhild Landfill Community Advisory Committee. As the Thorhild Landfill Project moves forward, information sessions and newsletters will be provided from time to time to update the community. If you have any specific questions, you can reach us through a dedicated toll free project number – (866) 648-1855. To learn more about the Thorhild Landfill Project, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.”
Waste Management received permits from Alberta Environment and Thorhild County in 2008.
In June 2006, WM announced the Thorhild Landfill Project, reported consultant findings to County Council and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Thorhild.
Public Involvement – Engaging County of Thorhild Residents
Beginning in July 2006, WM held open houses in three communities, hosted store-fronts information sessions and sent newsletters to area residents. This was supported with the availability of WM representatives to follow-up individually with people who wished to learn more about the project. The results of the public involvement program were instrumental in informing the planning and design decisions included in the municipal and provincial project applications. The public engagement program has continued with the establishment of a Thorhild Landfill Community Advisory Committee. Methods to engage and inform the community will continue throughout the project.
Throughout 2006 to 2010, WM completed a variety of tests to assess the feasibility and suitability of the landfill site and ensure the success of reclamation efforts. These studies included: hydrogeological testing, water well and dugout assessments, soil site study, vegetation study, wildlife study, historical resources review, wetlands assessment, surface water testing, baseline noise testing and traffic assessment.
First Re-Zoning Application
WM submitted the original application for the landfill to the County of Thorhild in April 2008.
Second Re-Zoning Application
Our second Thorhild Landfill Re-Zoning Application was submitted to the County of Thorhild Council for review in February 2009. A public hearing was held in April 2010 with County Council approval of the rezoning application received in May 2010.
WM submitted the Waste Management of Canada Corporation Thorhild Landfill Project Application for Regulatory Authorization for regulatory review and request for approval under the Provincial Government’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and the Water Act on March 31, 2010.
The EPEA and Water Act approvals were provided by Alberta Environment (now Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) Act on September 22, 2011.
Municipal Development Permit Application
WM submitted a development permit application to the County of Thorhild No. 7 in 2011. The Development Permit approval was provided by County Council on July 14, 2011.
The Thorhild Project site is now being developed. The specific development features to be constructed between the summer of 2011 and the end of 2014:
Site work: access and site road building/fencing
Earthworks: cell and pond construction
Site infrastructure placement: surface water ponds and ditches, leachate pond, site utilities and internal roads
Building Construction: administration/maintenance building construction