We’re getting a clearer picture of what an environmental company wants to do with a landfill in Upper Stoney Creek.
TerraPure wants to add about 10 million more cubic metres to the north side of the Taro Dump, which would extend its lifespan between 13 and 20 years.
Ward 9 Councillor, Doug Conley tells CHML’s Bill Kelly, the company wants to put more of the same industrial waste that’s already there, like slag from Dofasco.
Conley admits there could be some contamination as it’s not pure clean fill, but he says there is no money in clean fill, and according to the company, it would take longer to fill up than if they used so-called investor waste.
He adds that there has been small financial benefits from the dump. The negotiations in the 90’s led to compensation for residents of the neighbourhood and Stoney Creek as a whole.
A trust run spereately from the company sets aside a dollar a tonne to be used in the community within 3km of site.
Conley says the trust has resulted in some good things for the area, like the dog park, as well as every school in the area gets money in a 3 year cycle.
Another royalty from TerraPure also sees Stoney Creek as a whole receive a dollar a tonne. A new splash pad coming in 2017 will be partially paid for by that royalty.
Conley says he’d like to see a committee set up at city hall to continue to gather information, but says the city doesn’t get a say and can only comment on the matter.
A decision, which will require an environmental assessment, could be years away.