Item - 2011.PW3.4

Tracking Status

PW3.4 - Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 17, 18 and 19, 2011, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council approve both the Beneficial Use Option as the primary biosolids management strategy and the Landfill Disposal Option as a contingency option as outlined in the Biosolids Master Plan Update Environmental Assessment, dated September 2009, for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant, and direct the appropriate staff to implement the recommended beneficial use biosolids management strategy contained therein.

 

2.         City Council receive, for information, the report and Confidential Attachment 1 (April 7, 2011) from the City Solicitor.

 

3.         City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (April 7, 2011) from the City Solicitor remain confidential as it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (April 7, 2011) from the City Solicitor remains confidential in its entirety in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Confidential Attachment - The receiving of advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege

Background Information (Committee)

(April 7, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37354.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 1 - Truck Route Review for Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37355.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 2 - Highland Creek Treatment Plant New Incinerator Air Pollution Equipment Upgrade Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37356.pdf
(April 5, 2011) Attachment 3 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37357.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 4 - Biosolids Truck Loading and Odour Control Facility for Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37358.pdf
(April 21, 2011) Briefing Note from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, on Haulage of Biosolids to Green Lane Landfill
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37615.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 21, 2011) Fax from Betty and Bruce Smith (PW.New.PW3.4.1)
(April 25, 2011) Letter from Harry Spindel, President, Guildwood Village Community Association (PW.New.PW3.4.2)
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Karey Shinn, Co-Chair, The Safe Sewage Committee (PW.New.PW3.4.3)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Heather Marshall, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (PW.New.PW3.4.4)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Nadia Heyd (PW.New.PW3.4.5)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Kimberley Milliard, Bennett Beechgrove Community Group (PW.New.PW3.4.6)

Communications (City Council)

(May 16, 2011) E-mail from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (CC.New.PW3.4.7)
(May 17, 2011) E-mail from Maureen Reilly, Sludge Watch, Toronto (CC.New.PW3.4.8)
(May 17, 2011) E-mail from Maureen Reilly (CC.New.PW3.4.9)
(May 17, 2011) Petition from Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East, containing the signatures of approximately 629 persons, respecting the Incinerator at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (CC.New.PW3.4.10)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council delete Recommendations 1, 2 and 3 of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and adopt the following new Recommendation instead:

 

1.         City Council approve both the Beneficial Use Option as the primary biosolids management strategy and the Landfill Disposal Option as a contingency option as outlined in the Biosolids Master Plan Update Environmental Assessment, dated September 2009, for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant and direct the appropriate staff to implement the recommended beneficial use biosolids management strategy contained therein.

Vote (Amend Item) May-18-2011 6:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.4 - Ainslie - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 17 Members that voted No are Michelle Berardinetti, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ron Moeser (Redundant)

That Recommendation 1 of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee be amended by adding the following sentence at the end:

 

"The capacities of the incinerators at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant shall be designed based solely to accommodate the expected future requirements of the biosolids volume generated within the Highland Creek drainage area"

 

so that Recommendation 1 now reads as follows:

 

1.         City Council approve the recommendations contained in the Biosolids Master Plan with respect to the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, namely the On-site Thermal Reduction of biosolids by replacing existing multiple hearth incinerators with new modern Fluidized Bed incinerators with state of the art scrubbing technology. An additional incinerator is planned to provide the contingency necessary to ensure reliable biosolids management capacity.  The capacities of the incinerators at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant shall be  designed based solely to accommodate the expected future requirements of the biosolids volume generated within the Highland Creek drainage area.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Due to Council's adoption of motion 1 by Councillor Ainslie, Deputy Speaker Parker ruled motion 2 by Councillor Moeser redundant.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-18-2011 6:02 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 14 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Deputy Speaker Parker proposed that Councillor Ainslie's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) May-18-2011 5:47 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.4 - Extend Councillor Ainslie's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

4b - Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Background Information (Committee)

(April 7, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37438.pdf
(April 7, 2011) Confidential Attachment 1 to the report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

PW3.4 - Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve the recommendations contained in the Biosolids Master Plan with respect to the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, namely the On-site Thermal Reduction of biosolids by replacing existing multiple hearth incinerators with new modern Fluidized Bed incinerators with state of the art scrubbing technology. An additional incinerator is planned to provide the contingency necessary to ensure reliable biosolids management capacity.

 

2.         Subject to the adoption of Recommendation 1 above, City Council direct that the necessary adjustments to Toronto Water's Council Approved 10-Year Capital Plan be considered during the 2012 Capital Budget process, to allow the completion of the first Fluidized Bed incinerator by 2015 and the second by no later than 2020.”

 

3.         Subject to adoption of Recommendations 1 and 2 above, City Council authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water to include enhanced emission scrubbing technologies as part of the construction project allowing the City to set, for this facility, voluntary emissions standards that are significantly more stringent than the existing regulatory standards.

 

4.         City Council receive, for information, the report and Confidential Attachment 1 (April 7, 2011) from the City Solicitor.

 

5.         City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (April 7, 2011) from the City Solicitor remain confidential as it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Origin

(April 7, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water

Summary

This report responds to the request made by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its meeting of March 23, 2011, for more information regarding the biosolids management options for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (HCTP).  The report summarizes the findings contained in the Biosolids Master Plan (BMP) for HCTP and provides significant technical updates on the implications of proceeding with the various biosolids management options.    

 

The report documents the implications of Council's direction to change the preferred option recommended in the Biosolids Master Plan for HCTP from Thermal Reduction (incineration) using new Fluidized Bed technology to 100% Beneficial Use of biosolids and landfill disposal as a contingency.

 

The updated information continues to support, if not enhance, the original findings of the Biosolids Master Plan for HCTP.  It is recommended that Council approve the original preferred option of using existing Thermal Reduction (incineration) facilities and then replacing them with the first Fluidized Bed incinerator by 2015 and the second by no later than 2020.  The new Fluidized Bed incineration technology will be coupled with enhanced emission scrubbing technologies to allow the City to set voluntary emissions standards that are significantly more stringent than the existing regulatory standards.

Background Information

(April 7, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37354.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 1 - Truck Route Review for Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37355.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 2 - Highland Creek Treatment Plant New Incinerator Air Pollution Equipment Upgrade Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37356.pdf
(April 5, 2011) Attachment 3 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37357.pdf
(April 4, 2011) Attachment 4 - Biosolids Truck Loading and Odour Control Facility for Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37358.pdf
(April 21, 2011) Briefing Note from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, on Haulage of Biosolids to Green Lane Landfill
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37615.pdf

Communications

(April 21, 2011) Fax from Betty and Bruce Smith (PW.New.PW3.4.1)
(April 25, 2011) Letter from Harry Spindel, President, Guildwood Village Community Association (PW.New.PW3.4.2)
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Karey Shinn, Co-Chair, The Safe Sewage Committee (PW.New.PW3.4.3)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Heather Marshall, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (PW.New.PW3.4.4)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Nadia Heyd (PW.New.PW3.4.5)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Kimberley Milliard, Bennett Beechgrove Community Group (PW.New.PW3.4.6)

Speakers

Maureen Reilly, Sludge Watch
Allen Elias, Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant Neighbourhood Liaison Committee
Heather Marshall, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (Submission Filed)
Ronald Wootton, President, Coronation Community Association
Nadia Heyd (Submission Filed)
Kimberley Milliard, Bennett Beechgrove Community Group (Submission Filed)
Barbara McElgunn, Highland Creek Neighbourhood Liaison Committee
Frank Moir, Co-Chair, Highland Creek Neighbourhood Liaison Committee
Tony O'Donohue, Environmental Probe Ltd.
Councillor Ron Moeser, Ward 44 - Scarborough East
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Ward 38 - Scarborough Centre

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That City Council receive the report (April 7, 2011) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That Recommendation 2 in the report (April 7, 2011) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

“2.        Subject to the adoption of Recommendation 1 above, City Council direct that the necessary adjustments to Toronto Water's Council Approved 10-Year Capital Plan be considered during the 2012 Capital Budget process, to allow the completion of the first Fluidized Bed incinerator by 2015 and the second by no later than 2020.”


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

4a - Rapid Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Origin

(April 7, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health

Summary

The 2009 Biosolids Master Plan Update considered several options to manage biosolids at Toronto’s four sewage treatment plants and identified fluidized bed incineration as the preferred option for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant.  At its meeting of June 8, 2010 City Council approved the beneficial use of biosolids as the primary biosolids management strategy for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant with the landfill disposal as a contingency option.

 

Toronto Public Health has undertaken a rapid health impact assessment of biosolids management options at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant to provide the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee with a summary of the potential health impacts of various biosolids management options.

 

The most important and quantifiable health impact of biosolids management is through air quality. All of the options considered will reduce the release of air pollutants during operations compared to the current situation. Since the air quality in Toronto is still contributing to illness, from a health point of view, the option that has the lowest release of air pollutants is preferred.  Beneficial use options are likely to have the lowest impact on air quality, including releases of greenhouse gasses. Additional pollution control measures proposed for use with the incineration option may reduce the difference in air quality impacts between incineration and beneficial use.

 

Beneficial use options could have greater negative impacts on quality of community life factors (for example, noise, traffic, and odours) than incineration. The health impact of quality of community life factors are difficult to access and quantify.

Background Information

(April 7, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Rapid Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37363.pdf

4b - Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Confidential Attachment - The receiving of advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Origin

(April 7, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor

Summary

This report responds to the request by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its March 23, 2011 meeting for information related to legal issues regarding City Council's decision in respect of the Biosolids Master Plan for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (the "BMP").

 

This report should be read in conjunction with the related report from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Background Information

(April 7, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37438.pdf
(April 7, 2011) Confidential Attachment 1 to the report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

4c - Update to Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant

Origin

(April 21, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health

Summary

Toronto Public Health conducted a rapid health impact assessment for biosolids management options at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant.  This assessment used data from the 2009 Biosolids Master Plan Update. Since then, Toronto Water has proposed to use a fluidized bed incinerator with an enhanced wet system air pollution control.  This report reviews this additional information and finds the results consistent with the previous analysis that indicates that beneficial use options are likely to have the lowest adverse impact on air quality. 

Background Information

(April 21, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Update to Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37626.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council