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REPORTING · 4th January 2013
Walter McFarlane
There is something strange going on at the Municipal Dump. During the Budget meetings on the 11th and 12th of December, Council received information about what is going on and how much it is going to cost them to meet new requirements.

“The Ministry of Environment requires that we monitor the groundwater down gradient of the landfill. To keep in compliance, we have to do this. It’s an extra $90,500,” said Municipal Treasurer Steve Christiansen.

We were informed following the meetings by Municipal Engineer Tim Gleig that recently, the Ministry of Environment started to apply the Contaminated Sites Regulations to all landfills which previously were operated under Provincial Landfill Criteria and Permits. This introduced a higher criteria level to be achieved and requires quite a bit more data collection, studies and reports to indicate if our landfill meets the new regulations and if not what will be required to bring into compliance with the added regulations. In addition to these measures the Ministry of Environment has also required the city to implement the permanent closure and capping of the old landfill area in 2013 estimated at a cost of 1.2 Million dollars. The District of Kitimat has been placing funding into reserves towards this requirement and has accumulated $700,000 to date, the remainder will be required from the 2013 budget to proceed.

Acting Mayor, Corinne Scott wanted to know why because they have always monitored the landfill. Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked for a report from Gleig. He expressed he felt like Kitimat was being targeted.

Council was advised that Technical Services Manager; Wayne Sussbauer has been spending a lot of his time working on this project.

“We have a number of groundwater monitoring wells there, mostly throughout the perimeter. They were never finding too much of concern, however more were put in. We used ground penetrating radar to see where affected groundwater might be going,” said Gleig.

He stated there appears to be a large ground water flow beneath the dump and any monitored levels to date were well into compliance with the old Landfill Criteria. However, contaminated sites legislation was now being applied to landfills.

One of wells is showing high iron and manganese which in BC has been recently been added to the interim standards applied to the Contaminated Sites Regulations. “They aren’t really health hazards but they are well in exceedance of the drinking water Aesthetic Values and the Interim Standards which is what we have to meet at our boundary. We’re going to have to put at least one more well further away from it,” said Gleig.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted a report because he was aware of high iron content in the soil located at Cablecar. He felt the extra well was overkill. He wanted to know what fighting the legislation was worth. Gleig stated they had a consultant working through the new requirements and await their reports on the effect to our landfill operations, this pre-budget approval will allow them to proceed as we have to have certain things done by the end of January.

The motion was made, called and carried.
Wake up and smell the roses.......
Comment by Larry Walker on 4th January 2013
It doesn't take a genius to see that Kitimat is going to be forced to close our dump in time and then be forced to support the new one at Onion Lake.

This in turn means your taxes for garbage services will go up again.