Walker Industries attained an important step last week in its bid to develop a new landfill site in Niagara Falls to replace one that’s scheduled to close in five years. After more than 18 months of work, including public consultations, the company filed its plan for conducting an environmental assessment with the environment ministry. The Terms of Reference will provide guidance for the assessment, which will look at the need, the benefits and the impact of the proposed landfill.
"The terms of reference will define and provide a framework for how we will carry out this environmental assessment," said John Fisher, vice-president and general manager of environmental services for the company.
The Walker East Landfill, which was opened at Thorold Townline Road in Niagara Falls in 1982, was expected to last 25 years. It is at about 75 per cent of its capacity. Fisher said the government has to respond to the company within 90 days after the company filed its draft plan on July 22. He said that means the company could begin its work in mid-October, if the plan is approved.
If the first EA studies begin this fall, the company expects it could submit its final report to the ministry in 2005. Written comments regarding the terms of reference must be received by the ministry before August 23.