Alec Cloke from United Soils Management updates the MLRA
As you may or may not know, United Soils Management’s Ninth Line landfill site is also a restoration project. USM was issued a fill permit as part of the Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project. The plan involves using quality fill to fill in the old pit and to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to as it was in the 1950’s – farmland with a woodlot.
The MLRA has been working closely with United Soils since the start of the restoration project and Alec Cloke has always been very open with us on an ongoing basis. United Soils has just applied for an amendment to their land fill permit to allow a small number of hydrovac trucks to empty at the site. The MLRA sat down with Alec Cloke to find out more information about this proposal.
Here are his answers to our questions.
Why does United Soils want to allow hydrovac trucks access to the landfill site?
The hydrovac industry is 15 years old and growing in leaps and bounds. To date, there are two legal places to unload hydrovacs in the GTA as a result hydrovacs are being emptied everywhere and there are no measures or any policing for testing. United Soils is organizing to cure that.
Will the number of trucks on the Ninth Line increase as a result?
United’s application is for an amendment to a previously granted license. There will be no additional trucks on Ninth Line. Hydrovacs will be included in the approved number of trucks coming to that location.
Are the hydrovac trucks covered under the same daily limit as the dump trucks or are they in addition too?
There will be one hydrovac company allowed to come to United. The hydrovac company owned by Powell contracting operating within Stouffville will be responsible for policing over the protocol of all materials coming to the site. That is to say, that more than one hydrovac company may be coming to the site, but Powell contracting will be responsible for all of it.
How many hydrovac companies will be approved access to USM property? How have these companies been selected?
The testing criteria for hydrovac trucks is equal to the protocol which already exists. The difference is that the material will be tested in a separate quadrant of our property. If the testing fails, the material will be removed.
What happens if material is found to be contaminated? Who pays for this?
If contaminated material comes to the site, it will not go further from where it was originally delivered and immediately removed at the shippers expense.
Who and how will the USM property be monitored to ensure compliance with the dumping agreement? ( MOE vs Town)
There’s a protocol agreement that administered by United soils and monitored by the town.
The first truck allowed on the site cannot be earlier than 7am and the last truck allowed on the premises cannot be after 6pm.
It’s easy for United Soils to adhere to that.
One must not forget that there’s a gravel pit working at the same location where there are no restrictions for early morning entry.
That operation closes at 4pm.
Are there additional risks to the community by allowing hydrovac trucks access?
There are no additional risks. The testing criteria is the same.
Something that the public should understand is that the hydrovac and small quantity portion of the business is minor compared to what already exists. United is not going to put its current operation in jeopardy for the sake of hydrovacs.
I understand that there is water monitoring taking place, can you describe what is being done and how often.
It’s conducted by Golder and Associates. All reports are sent directly to the Town, so as in any other report which is public can be received by requesting the Town for it.
Who has access to the water monitoring information?
The Town has access to all information.
There is a lot of confusion as to how many trucks are permitted to daily enter the pit, can you elaborate on this.
The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.
What time are the trucks allowed to begin dumping? People are expressing concern over a tail gate “Bang” early in the morning, is this coming from USM operation?
It is not coming from USM if it is before 7am on weekdays.
It’s important to note that the water on United’s property is NOT ground water, but captured storm water.
500,000 gallons per month are what is used for dust control on the site.
United has put up $333,000.00 cash securities to date.
This will grow over the next 3 years to one million dollars cash securities.
The way that the agreement is structured with the town is that it gets revisited annually in case there are deletions or additions in the agreement.
The MLRA would like to thank Alec Cloke for keeping our community updated on the project.
Don’t forget USM is holding an open house at the Ninth Line landfill site/restoration project this Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Engineers and staff from the Town will be on hand to answer questions. It really is worth taking the time to attend to fully understand the scope of the project.