CRD Proceeds with McLoughlin RFP and Biosolids Energy Centre Public Engagement - UPDATED

May 22, 2013

Victoria, BC-The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board today endorsed the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee’s recommendation to initiate public engagement on the Hartland and Viewfield locations for the Biosolids Energy Centre (BEC) and confirmed the schedule for procurement of the McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant, which would see a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on July 5, 2013.

Members of the public are invited to visit here for information, materials and to provide feedback on the BEC siting.

In person public consultation on the siting options will occur as outlined in the schedule below. The open house meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, ask questions of the subject matter experts and express their opinions and concerns about the project and the potential sites. Residents are invited to attend any of the consultations listed below.

Open House Locations and Dates:

Monday, June 17, 2013, 4–8 pm
Royal Canadian Esquimalt Legion
622 Admirals Road

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 4–8 pm
Greek Community Hall, Main Hall
4648 Elk Lake Drive

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 4–8 pm
Royal Canadian Esquimalt Legion
622 Admirals Road

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 4–8 pm
Willis Point Community Hall
6933 Willis Point Road

Monday, June 24, 2013, 4–8 pm
Burnside Gorge Community Centre, Activity Centre
471 Cecelia Road

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 4–8 pm
Oak Bay Windsor Pavilion, Sports Room
2451 Windsor Road

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 4–8 pm
Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, Lookout Lounge
1767 Island Highway

*Thursday, June 27, 2013, 5 – 8pm
Da Vinci Centre , Upper Hall
195 Bay Street
*Note: this open house session has been recently added.

The decision to change the location of the BEC from Hartland will not be made until the public consultation process with the residents of all the municipalities contributing to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (the Program) is complete. After the open house meetings, a report on the public’s feedback will be issued to the CRD Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC). Prior to any decisions being made, members of the public will be invited to address the CALWMC. More information on these sessions will be provided via the website and to local media as soon as it becomes available. Once a decision is made on the location, the CRD will submit a rezoning application to the municipality. Any change to the plan, which currently identifies Hartland as the approved BEC, will require a decision of the Board and the approval of the provincial government.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design and construction of the McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant must proceed in order to meet the current Program schedule and funding agreements which were negotiated to comply with Federal regulations and deadlines set out in the contribution agreements.

The rezoning process for McLoughlin Point is underway with the Township of Esquimalt and will establish design guidelines and address other issues identified through the municipal application process that includes local consultation and input, including a public hearing. The Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) for the Core Area of Greater Victoria was amended in 2009 to identify McLoughlin Point as the site for the treatment plan following a region wide consultation process. The LWMP is approved by the Minister of Environment and prevails over municipal bylaws in the event of a conflict.

Additional Resources:
Report to Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
Bylaw Appendix to Report to Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
Biosolids Public Education Presentation

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Carla Wormald
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3225
Cell: 250.507.7657

Backgrounder

On March 20, 2013 the Capital Regional District (CRD) entered into a $17 million land purchase agreement to acquire properties for consideration as a potential Biosolids Energy Centre (BEC) site for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (the Program).

The potential site is located in an industrial area of the Township of Esquimalt about 2 kilometres from the McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant and backs on to the E&N right-of-way and hydro substation.

The approved Liquid Waste Management Plan Amendment No. 8 designated the Hartland Landfill area as the location of the BEC. However, the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) directed Program staff to continue to explore options to further improve the proposed system configuration to ensure the most cost-effective solution that will also meet financial, environmental and social criteria. An exhaustive search for potential locations was undertaken. Only Viewfield and Hartland have become available and meet the criteria.

The BEC, which will be procured through a public-private partnership, will treat organic solid waste generated by the treatment processes at the McLoughlin wastewater treatment plant. The BEC will be a centralized organic treatment facility that includes sludge digestion and biogas production and struvite (phosphorus) recovery, and may include the digestion of fats, oils, greases to increase biogas production.

In 2006, the CRD began the planning for wastewater treatment facilities at the request of the Minister of Environment for British Columbia. The core area includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. All of the Program facilities are expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018.

For information on the CRD’s Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program, please visit here.