Posted Dec 2013
By Laura Briggs
development proposal for the Watson farm property on Centennial Road and
Acheson Blvd. has been received by the city. The plan consists of six
single family homes on Acheson Blvd. and six single family homes on
Centennial Rd., with 12 semi-detached units on a street off Centennial. A
public meeting was held on October 1 to receive comments from the public.
As a result of comments at the meeting the developer and city will be
reviewing the proposal.
continue to be represented on the Highland Creek Treatment Plant Liaison
Committee studying the need to replace the incineration of the solid waste
at the plant. In early November City Council passed a motion approving a
new Environmental Assessment to be carried out regarding solid waste
disposal at the plant. We look forward to participating in the EA.
New Environmental Assessment to go for Council Approval on October 8
On September 20, the
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee approved a recommendation to
begin preparation of a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment (Class
EA) that will examine all reasonable and feasible
biosolids management alternatives for the Highland Creek Wastewater
Treatment Plant. This EA process was previously begun by city staff (with
a Request for Proposal issued in April 2013), but was revoked to obtain
approval from Council.
The recommendation for
a Class EA was to go to City Council for final approval on October 8.
However, due to the lengthy agenda, the issue was deferred to Council’s
next meeting on November 13th-14th.
It is anticipated that
the EA will take approximately 12 months to complete from the execution
date of a consulting services agreement and will cost approximately
$500,000. Costs could rise depending on the degree of stakeholder input
and consultation as well as other regulations.
The CCRA encourages
the community to e-mail city councillors to support the Class EA at the
November meeting. Councillor Moeser (who supports a Class EA) submitted
signed petitions (nearly 1,900 in total) to show how much support there is
from the Centennial community and other areas for a Class EA.
Please sign the
petition, as Councillor Moeser can submit additional signatures at the
November meeting of Council. You can sign the
and drop it off at the CCRA mailbox at the Port Union Community Centre.
Or, you can sign the
Below are instructions
on how to send an e-mail (with proposed wording) to a City Councillor.
Please do this in November to make sure the issue is top of mind for
Council before its meeting on November 13-14.
This means that your submission will be sent to all councillors before the
council meeting and is on record (only your name and the date of your
submission will be published in the online minutes).
http://www.toronto.ca/councillors/index.htm to see the list of City
Councillors. Click on each councillor’s name to obtain their e-mail
contact.The standard format for councillor e-mails is
Only send one e-mail per city councillor. Some
councillors block mass-emails from reaching their inbox.
A typical short letter wording for your use is
shown below. Please edit as you wish.
SUBJECT:HIGHLAND CREEK TREATMENT PLANT
Item PW25.6 - Highland Creek Biosolids
I am writing today to ask you to support
the Works Committee recommendation for Item PW.25.6, to undertake a new
Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment for the Biosolids at the
Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.
This issue has now been before Council
for more than ten years and is still not resolved.
The new study will address, in more
depth, all the issues specifically for Highland Creek, and will consider
all the changes that have taken place during the last 10 years.
Please support the recommendation that
was adopted at the September 20 Public Works and Infrsastructure Committee
Insert your name and
posted July 2013
Highland Creek Treatment Plant Update
The CCRA has learned that in June 2013, in response to interventions
from councillors outside of Ward 44, the City put on hold the Request
for Proposal (RFP) for a new environmental assessment. The RFP was
issued in May 2013 for a consultant to assess all options, with public
consultation, on the plant's disposal of sewage. Please sign a
paper petition or
online petition that calls for the environmental assessment
and existing terms of reference (assessment of all options and health
and social impacts with full public consultation) to proceed as
previously issued. You can drop off your paper petition at the CCRA's
mailbox (near the gym) at the Port Union Community Centre (5450
Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 3B2). Please read
conservation report or a
about the issue for more information. Follow the CCRA website for more
Posted June 2013
Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids Management
CCRA has been following developments related to the Highland Creek
Treatment Plant (HCTP).
Water, a department of The City of Toronto, submitted their Request for
Proposal in May for a Schedule “B” Environmental Assessment (EA) of the
Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Management. This EA
overrides any previous decision by City Council to pursue the method of
trucking sludge. The EA will reset the process and research and review all
potential methods at the facility.
outcome of the EA is to identify the preferred method for the HCTP
biosolids management strategy. The implementation of any new solution
would have to be consistent with Class EA requirements.
completed as part of the Schedule B Class EA, numerous topics will be
studied that include but are not limited to:
inventory of all viable biosolids management options available for use at
the HCTP (continuation of current procedures – “do nothing approach” -
will be considered as one of the options)
“short-list” of biosolids management options requiring a more detailed
Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) under the Environment and Energy Office
(EEO) to assess emissions associated with each of the short-listed
Commencement of a
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) under direction of Toronto Public Health (TPH)
using the TPH HIA framework for biosolids management options
Development of a
comparative assessment that considers environmental, social, the Health
Impact Assessment results, the Cumulation Impact Assessment results and
financial factors associated with the short listed biosolids management
methods to determine the best overall approach
with the community surrounding the HCTP and a number of stakeholders to
ensure understanding of public concerns and values for consideration in
the biosolids management options
Preparation of a
final report that combines all the information presented in the Technical
staff reported that they expect the EA to take 12-18 months to complete
and that consultants are expected to begin the work in August 2013. This
means that the final report from staff regarding the preferred method will
not go before City Council until at least late 2014 or early 2015.
Posted May 2013
Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant Biosolids
Get involved in the Environmental Assessment process
For the last 35 years, the Highland Creek Sewage
Treatment Plant (HCTP) has been disposing of the sludge solids (biosolids)
the wastewater on-site, before the clean treated water is returned to Lake
Ontario. The existing sludge incinerators are reaching the end of their
life and need to be replaced.
Between 2002 and 2009, the City undertook an
Environmental Assessment to determine what should be done to dispose of
biosolids for the next 20 years.
The EA recommended that the existing incinerators be
replaced with updated equipment, and that state-of-the-art air pollution
control systems be installed. However, City Council elected not to accept
the recommendation, voting to shut down the incinerators and truck the
sludge off the site, to be spread on agricultural land or placed in
landfill. This would have involved the movement of three to five odorous
sludge trucks per day, along 7 km of local streets through the Highland
Creek area, and past residences, schools and shopping centres.
Community members living near the HCTP consistently
expressed concern with any option that would involve the daily trucking of
biosolids through a predominantly residential community. Public meetings
were held, and several local community members expressed their concerns to
the City and the Ministry of the Environment [MOE] with Council’s final
decision. Acceptance of the BMP [Biosolids Master Plan] by the MOE was
delayed as a result.
In late 2012, City Council’s Public Works and
Infrastructure Committee received a report from staff that called for a
new environmental assessment to be conducted on the Highland Creek
Treatment Plant. This puts to a close a previous decision by City Council
that overrode a staff recommendation to upgrade the incinerators and
authorize the trucking of sludge.
City staff has now prepared the terms of reference for
the new Schedule B environmental assessment. Proposals will be received
from consulting engineers by the middle of May. The new environmental
assessment will begin shortly thereafter and will again review all methods
of biosolids disposal from the plant.
This reveals that efforts to get City Council to
reconsider its decision were successful. However, our community must stay
vigilant, as there will be future public consultation meetings as part of
the new environmental assessment.
It is essential that we continue to advocate for the
best solution at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant. We must support an
option that is based on sound evidence-based research and decision-making,
and is supported by the community. We urge you to participate in the
To stay informed about the HCTP Environmental
Assessment, email CCRA at
email@example.com to be added to our email list.