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On February 12, 2020 the CRD Board passed a motion to allow a portion of biosolids produced at the Residuals Treatment Facility to be used at Hartland Landfill. The majority of the biosolids will be used as an alternative fuel for a cement manufacturing facility in the lower mainland once the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant begins operating. The CRD is currently finalizing agreements for both transport to and use of biosolids at the cement facility. During times when biosolids can’t be transported to the lower mainland, they will be used at the landfill (potentially one month per year).

The Residuals Treatment Facility will start the production of dry biosolids by mid-2020. With the Province’s approval, the CRD will enter into a beneficial use agreement for five years.

CRD staff will immediately include the full spectrum of options permitted by provincial regulations in their analysis of options for the long-term biosolids strategy, and ensure that the analysis takes into account impacts on public health, water resources, agriculture, life-cycle costs, climate change objectives, other environmental considerations and legal liabilities. 

The CRD is required to provide a contingency plan for the beneficial use of biosolids during operation shut-downs to the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy by April 30.

Description

The Capital Regional District must outline to the Province how it will ensure that the biosolids produced at its Residuals Treatment Facility will be beneficially used after the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is operating in 2020.
  
The CRD is proposing to procure services for the beneficial use of this waste stream with British Columbia’s lower mainland-based cement industry as an alternative fuel, helping reduce their reliance on non-renewable fuels to power their facilities.

Using biosolids to power the manufacturing of cement reduces greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Province’s CleanBC plan to use clean energy to power B.C.’s industrial economy.  

Once the treatment plant is operating and the specific composition of our region's biosolids are known, the CRD will explore a range of beneficial use options as part of the development of its biosolids management strategy within the region's Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan.

The CRD Biosolids Beneficial Use Strategy (Definitive Plan), complete with the First Nations and public engagement reports, was received by the CRD Board at their meeting on June 12, 2019. The final report was provided to the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy on June 21, 2019.

Public Feedback

Public engagement is a key part of developing the CRD's overall biosolids management strategy and, as a result, the CRD collected feedback on this proposed short-term solution ahead of submitting its definitive plan to the Province. The public engagement summary can be viewed in Appendix M of the Definitive Plan.