Northern landfill awarded EA certificate

The Northern Rockies Secure Landfill project, 20 kilometers south of Fort Nelson, has been awarded an environmental assessment certificate.

It was awarded by Environment Minister Barry Penner and Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger.

They made the decision to grant the EA certificate after considering the review led by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office.

The proposed project will be used for the long-term disposal of up to 2.2 million cubic meters of contaminated soil from upstream oil and gas activities.

The development of the facility, located at Mile 285 of the Alaska Highway, should assist industry and local communities to address soil contamination issues in a cost-effective, sustainable manner.

The EAO Assessment Report concluded the project is not likely to have significant adverse effects, based on the mitigation measures and commitments included as conditions of the EA certificate.

Key commitments to the provincial EA certificate include the design standards for engineered liners and leachate collection systems will meet or exceed provincial regulatory requirements.

It also makes sure consultations with B.C. Treaty 8 First Nations will be met, along with making annual landfill reports available for First Nations review.

The capital cost of the project is expected to be approximately 25 million dollars.

Before the project can proceed, the proponent will still need to obtain the necessary provincial licenses, leases and other approvals.

For more information on the environmental assessment certificate, visit www.eao.gov.bc.ca

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