Solid Waste & Recycling


Notice of Public Information Session regarding Sound-Sorb

The meeting is in regards of a Sound-Sorb independent expert panel.

The meeting is in regards of a Sound-Sorb independent expert panel.

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has established an independent panel of experts to review the available reports, studies and data on a material called Sound-Sorb to determine if it poses any adverse effects on human health or the environment. Experts in areas of hydrogeology, air quality, groundwater quality, human health, bioaersols and risk management have been retained to review and assess all existing and new data and technical reports on Sound-Sorb.

The ministry has also retained the services of Robb Ogilvie of Ogilvie, Ogilvie and Company as the independent facilitator for the expert panel. The findings of the panel will be used in the ministry’s decision making process regarding Sound-Sorb.

Sound-Sorb is derived from mixing Atlantic Packaging paper fibre biosolids (PFB) with mineral soils and has been used to construct sound and bullet attenuation berms at several gun clubs across the Province. A recent MOE review of Sound-Sorb confirmed that the material, when used as a berm, is not subject to the Ministry of the Environment’s waste management regulations or Part V of the Environmental Protection Act. To date, results from ministry studies indicate that Sound-Sorb berms do not have adverse impacts on the environment, but the ministry is continuing its monitoring activities in response to public concern.

An upcoming public information session will be held to provide you with an opportunity to learn about the Independent Expert Panel membership, the review process and to answer questions.

Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Location: Regal Room, Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South, Whitby

7:00 p.m. Welcome and Session Overview
7:15 p.m. Presentations
8:00 p.m. Round Table Discussions
8:45 p .m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

For further information, contact:
Brad Guglietti
Waste Management Policy Branch
Ministry of the Environment

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