You Are Invited To A Public Meeting On Plans For A Proposed Garbage Incinerator In Niagara

Posted July 2oth, 2016 on Niagara At Large 

A Community Information Session hosted by No Burn Niagara AND PORT ROBINSON PROUD

July 25, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Darlene Ryan Port Robinson Community Centre,  40 Cross Street, Port RobinsonPoster Port Robinson HQ2

Key Questions and Answers:

Q1:      What is No Burn Niagara?

A:         A citizen’s coalition formed to fight against a proposed waste incinerator in Niagara and to fight for zero waste.

Speaker: Liz Benneian, Founder Ontario Zero Waste Coalition


Q2:      Where is the proposed location for the plant?

A:         The proposed location to build the plant is in the City of Thorold (Allanburg – Port Robinson area) just north of Hurricane Road with the canal on the left side and Turner Road to the south.

Q3:      What is the name of the project? 

A:         Allanburg Energy from Waste Project.

Q4:      Who are the applicants?

A:         Local firms, Future Waste Systems (Niagara) and Tri-Grove Holding as partners along with Tesla Energy Institute

Q5:      Who is funding the project?

A:         Although the Information Memorandum to Regional Council (February 18, 2016) indicates that all funds are provided by applicant 1931146 Ontario Inc. (operating as Allanburg Energy from Waste Centre) and that the project is ‘privately owned and funded’, it is highly unlikely that all the development costs will be paid for by the developer. In fact, Niagara Region provides an industrial development charge grant where 100% of the Regional development charges on eligible industrial developments may be waived at the time of issuing the building permit. In other words, the taxpayer is always on the hook for some portion of new development.

Q6:      Will taxpayers be required to subsidize the private company?

A:         Yes. The proponents asked Council’s approval to apply for a taxpayer-funded subsidy of 8 cents per kilowatt hour of energy generated from the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Q7:      Will there be emissions?

A:         Yes. Fine particulate ash, otherwise known as nano-particles that are too small (under 2.5 microns) for filters to catch, containing mercury, lead, arsenic, dioxins, furans and other toxic chemicals and compounds. There will also be bottom ash (the ashes left after materials have been burned). This can total up to 30% by weight of everything that was fed into the incinerator. Bottom ash needs to be landfilled – so incineration does not eliminate the need for landfill.

Q8:      Can dioxins emitted by incinerators pose a health hazard?

A:         Yes. Dioxins are a necessary but unwanted colorless and odorless toxic byproducts of incineration of hydrocarbons in the presence of chlorine. People should be concerned about a continuous, daily sprinkling of dioxins over their communities since dioxins are not susceptible to biologic, chemical or mechanical degradation and bio accumulate for a lifetime. Any level of dioxins increase the risk of cancer. Dioxins are Persistent Organic Pollutants and one of the Deadly Dozen most toxic chemicals known to mankind

Q9:      Are modern garbage incinerators more efficient economically and more environmentally friendly?

A:         No.

Q10:    When did the proposal to build a $180 M incinerator in Allanburg go before the Niagara Region Public Works Committee for approval?

A:         February 16, 2016.

Q11:    When did the proposal go to the Thorold City Council for approval to build in Thorold and to seek the taxpayer-funded subsidy from the IESO?

A:         February 16, 2016.  All Council members, with the exception of Councillor Sergio Paone who abstained, endorsed the proposal. Note: those endorsements are not approvals for the plant. They were simply a necessary step for the partners to apply to the province’s IESO to get an agreement to sell hydro power from the plant to the province’s hydro grid.


Q12:    Was there a delegation against the proposal?

A:         Yes. On February 25, 2016 Town of Lincoln resident Liz Benneian prepared a delegation to Regional Council. With virtually no discussion, Regional Council voted to endorse the proponents’ IESO taxpayer-funded subsidy request. Only Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton and Niagara-On-The-Lake Councillor Gary Burroughs vote against it.

Q13:    Has there been any public consultation regarding the proposal to-date?  

A:         No.

Q14:    What is the status of the proposal?

A:         The applicant is ready to move forward with development activities in 2016 in order to be in a position to start the construction phase not later than Spring 2017. The applicant’s intention is to commission the facility in late 2019.

Status of other municipal incinerator proposals in Ontario over the past decade:

Halton Region: Proposal to build a $800 million Regionally-funded municipal waste incinerator defeated after years of public protest in 2007.

City of Meaford: In 2012, an incinerator proposal is defeated by citizens who proved proponents lied to Council about many aspects of the project.

Brantford: In 2012, Citizens hold public meeting against a proposed Energy-From-Waste plant and make delegations to Council against it. It is never built.

Port Hope: In 2014, City Council says no to zoning changes needed by Entech-REM to build a proposed incinerator. This is a reversal of Council’s original support for the incinerator and comes after years of protest by citizens and after anti-incinerator activists were elected to Council.

Six Nations: In 2015, a trial incinerator at Six Nations in permanently shut down after tests revealed it was releasing 200 times the Ontario limits of dioxins and furans, and 25 times the limit of lead and cadmium.

Sault Ste. Marie: In 2015, the incinerator company, Elementa Group, goes into bankruptcy with more than $10 million in debt. Police launch a fraud investigation.

Ottawa: after wasting 10 years and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies, the trial Plasco incinerator in Ottawa goes bankrupt in 2015.

Region of Peel: In January 2016, Peel Region voted to stop using a Brampton-based incinerator and instead focused on achieving a 75% waste diversion rate.

Durham Region: In June 2016, the “state-of-the-art” incinerator, the only incinerator for municipal waste currently operating in Ontario, which was more than a year behind schedule and millions of dollars over its $289 million budget, is found to be emitting “A slew of toxic by-products at 12 times the legal limit”. One of the two burners is shut down. The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Durham Region, Dr. Robert Kyle is alarmed by the findings because “sustained excessive emissions of dioxins and furans are a potential human health hazard, primarily by entering the food chain.

Thank you for taking the time to attend the Community Information Session.

No Burn Niagara and Port Robinson Proud

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