Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Temporary trucking of biosolids on Port Union Road

 

Posted June 2016

 

Preceding City Council's decision on May 5 to replace the old incinerators at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant, the City was making improvements to the existing biosolids incineration system. Toronto Water started work in 2014 to replace equipment and repair the existing incineration process in order to maintain compliance for the estimated six years needed to construct the new system. The current project also includes a temporary biosolids load out facility for emergency off-site disposal.

 

As a result of the ongoing construction, at least two temporary three-week long shutdowns of the existing incinerators are required. During these periods digested sludge, or biosolids, will be trucked off-site, probably to the Green Lane landfill near St. Thomas or to the Lystek International facility in Dundalk.

 

In a letter to the Highland Creek Treatment Plant Community Liaison Committee, Plant Manager Martin Shigeishi wrote that trial truck runs would start in May, and the first three-week incinerator shutdown was scheduled for late May/early June. The number of trucks will be between one and five per day, with no trucking on weekends. Truck routes from the plant to Highway 401 alternate between Coronation/Manse/Lawrence/Morningside and Beechgrove/Lawrence/Port Union.

 

A second three-week shutdown is expected in the fall. It is possible that additional off-site trucking of shorter duration may be required during unplanned plant shutdowns. Shigeishi assures the Committee that staff will minimize any impact to the community by overseeing haulage logistics and addressing traffic, odour or noise issues that arise.

 

If you have questions or concerns about the temporary biosolids load out facility, please contact Highland Creek Treatment Plant Manager Martin Shigeishi, at 416-392-2382.


 

The tireless movers and shakers behind the incinerator decision

 

Posted June 2016

By Kathryn Stocks

 

When Toronto City Council finally voted 30-12 on May 5 for the community’s preferred option of a  fluidized bed incinerator for the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, no one in the city hall gallery was more satisfied than Frank Moir and Allen Elias.

 

They would never admit to being heroes, but Frank and Allen have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for the incinerator option for six years. They made sure community members knew why an incinerator was the best solution for Scarborough’s sewage. They had signs made up, wrote letters, talked to MPPs and circulated petitions. They made the rounds of councillors’ offices persuasively laying out evidence-based information. More

 


 

Highland Creek Treatment Plant Environmental Assessment at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee: Tuesday March 1, 2016

 

Posted February 2016

 

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The Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Environmental Assessment Study Report will be considered by the City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on February 29, 2016, 9:30 am in Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.Recommendations from General Manager, Toronto Water include Council endorsement of the EA Study and a request to finalize the Study Report for submission to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the obligatory 30 day public review period.


CCRA stands in solidarity with our neighbouring five community associations supporting Alternative #1, a new fluidized bed incinerator as the preferred solution for biosolids management.

 

Members of the public may attend the meeting or make a deputation by registering first with Dela Ting by email: pwic@toronto.ca; phone: 416-397-4592; or fax: 416-392-1879


More.

 


 

Environmental Assessment


Summary and Update
Biosolids at the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (HCTP) are currently managed using two multiple hearth incinerators, which are nearing the end of their design life. The City of Toronto has conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the alternatives and identify the best solution. The three alternatives considered were:


Alternative 1: New on-site fluidized bed incinerators with improved air emission controls;
Alternative 2: A new truck loading facility to enable a biosolids haulage program (4-6 trucks per day) for off-site land application or landfill disposal;
Alternative 3: A new pelletizer facility to dry the biosolids, including a new truck loading facility for haulage of pellets for off-site land application (1-2 trucks per day).


The City of Toronto has released “TM-13 Evaluation of Biosolids Management Alternatives”, which summarizes the conclusions of the EA. The report is available on the project website www.toronto.ca/hctpbiosolidsea in the Technical Info section. The main findings of the evaluation of alternatives are:


• Protect Public Health: For all health related criteria, impacts associated with each alternative were negligible or equivalent. As a result, these criteria could not be used to distinguish between the alternatives, as all are considered acceptable for public health.
• Minimize Impacts to the Environment: There is no substantial difference in the alternatives for their ability to minimize air impacts and greenhouse gases.
• Minimize Community Impacts: Community support is strongest for the new incinerator alternative. Both trucking options (Haul biosolids for off-site management / Pelletization and haulage) have strong community opposition. The new incinerator option minimizes odours and maximizes HCTP working conditions, staff health and safety.
• Minimize Cost: The 25 year life-cycle cost is much lower for the new fluidized bed incinerator compared to the two trucking options ($267 million for the new incinerator option vs. $388/$346 million for the trucking options). In addition, the incinerator option was identified as the most reliable of the three biosolids management alternatives.


In February, the executive committees of the five Community Associations, located nearest to the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (HCTP), issued a letter to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee indicating that they stand in solidarity supporting the selection of Alternative 1 (a new fluidized bed incinerator) as the preferred solution for biosolids management. These five community associations cover a large portion of the Ward 43 and Ward 44 study area in the Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment and represent a contiguous area spanning:


Guildwood Village: Approximately 3,000 households in the south of Ward 43 from Lake Ontario to Guildwood Parkway and the railway tracks.
Coronation Community: Approximately 3,000 households in Ward 43/44 from Guildwood Station to Beechgrove (Highland Creek) and the railway tracks to Morningside Park.
Centennial Community: Approximately 4,000 households in Ward 44 from Highland Creek to Port Union Rd. and Lake Ontario to Kingston Rd.
Highland Creek Community: Approximately 4,000 households in Ward 44 from Military Trail and Morningside Ave. in the west to the convergence of Kingston Rd. and the 401 in the east.
West Rouge Community: Approximately 3,000 households in Ward 44 from Port Union Rd. to Rouge Park and Lake Ontario to the 401.


All five residents associations have actively participated in the Environmental Assessment by attending Public Information Centres (PIC), sharing information in our community newsletters, and attending stakeholder meetings. On the basis of the evidence, we feel that the evidence-based findings clearly support Alternative #1, an incinerator upgrade at the HCTP. This is the third time that an Environmental Assessment has been conducted to identify a preferred solution for management of biosolids at HCTP. We are hopeful that this will be the last and our community will finally have a much-needed new incinerator.



 

HIGHLAND CREEK TREATMENT PLANT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee: Tuesday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m.


The Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Environmental Assessment Study Report will be considered by the City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on February 29, 2016, 9:30 am in Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.Recommendations from General Manager, Toronto Water include Council endorsement of the EA Study and a request to finalize the Study Report for submission to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the obligatory 30 day public review period.


CCRA stands in solidarity with our neighbouring five community associations supporting Alternative #1, a new fluidized bed incinerator as the preferred solution for biosolids management.

 

Members of the public may attend the meeting or make a deputation by registering first with Dela Ting by email: pwic@toronto.ca; phone: 416-397-4592; or fax: 416-392-1879


Be informed - links to additional information:


Read deputation letter from CCRA and local community associations in support of Alternative #1.

 

View the Public Works Committee agenda item, recommendations and background reports on the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee webpage.

 

Read the final health and air quality impact reports - under the heading “News & Updates”, click the blue tab “Technical Info”.

 

Read letter from the HCTP Neighbourhood Liaison Committee in response to recent Toronto Environmental Alliance blog posts.

 

Read background statement from HCTP Neighbourhood Liaison Committee Co-chair Frank Moir to the Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Ottawa – June 2014

 


 

Highland Creek Biosolids Environmental Assessment

Public Information Centre #3

The third and final Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on November 19, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Lawson Rd., Scarborough. At the meeting, the City of Toronto presented their evaluation of three alternatives and the findings that will be forwarded to City Council.

The three alternatives under consideration are:
1) New on-site fluidized bed incinerators;
2) A new truck loading facility to enable a biosolids haulage program (4-6 trucks per day) for off-site land application or disposal; or
3) A new pelletizer facility to dry the biosolids, including a new truck loading facility for haulage of pellets offsite (1-2 trucks per day).

 

All short-listed alternatives were found to be feasible, within regulations, and demonstrated/proven in Ontario. Below, a presentation slide from the Summary of Impacts Assessment:

Summary of Impacts slide

 

View the complete set of presentation slides from PIC #3.

Public comments are encouraged before the deadline of January 15, 2016.

Read the letter and comments from the CCRA Executive here. Download a comment sheet here.

Visit the project website for updates, techinical and background information.

 


Public Information Centre #2Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids EA

 

 
The second Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on April 9, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Lawson Rd., Scarborough.

View the complete set of presentation slides from PIC #2

 

Minutes of the April PIC

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