January 24, 2008
Media Release

York Regional Council accepts energy-from-waste facility preferred site recommendation


Clarington site will move forward in Durham-York Environmental Assessment process
Backgrounder / Fact Sheet

NEWMARKET York Regional Council today accepted the consultants' recommendation to select Clarington 01 as the preferred location for a proposed energy-from-waste facility as part of the Durham-York Residual Waste Environmental Assessment (EA) Study process.  The decision follows approval by Durham Regional Council yesterday.
 
"York Region is committed to finding sustainable solutions for waste remaining after diversion efforts," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  "The inclusion of the Clarington 01 site in the next phase of the Environmental Assessment is an important step in what continues to be a thorough evaluation process."
 
The preferred site, Clarington 01, is a 12-hectare site located between Courtice Road and Osbourne Road in the Municipality of Clarington.  This site, owned by the Regional Municipality of Durham, is located in the Clarington Energy Park (south of Highway 401) in an area that includes commercial/industrial properties, CN Rail tracks, the Courtice Water Pollution Control Plant and the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
 
"More than three years of study, including 70 consultation events, have delivered us to this point," said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region's Solid Waste Committee.  "We've reached a milestone and can move forward to answer site specific questions now that a preferred site has been identified."
 
Council also approved a short-list of technology vendors for the proposed energy-from-waste facility.  A Request for Proposals will be issued to these vendors in 2008.  Additional public consultations on site-specific studies and assessments are also planned for later this year.  Environmental Assessment and Environmental Protection Act approval applications will then be completed and submitted to the Ministry of the Environment.
 
York Region has partnered with Durham Region on the Durham-York Residual Waste Environmental Assessment Study to find a way to manage garbage remaining after diversion efforts, such as re-using, recycling and composting.  York Regional Council is dedicated to increasing waste diversion and has committed to diverting 65 per cent of waste from landfill by 2010.
 
Earlier this month, the Study consulting team presented their final preferred site recommendation at meetings of the Joint Waste Management Group, Durham Region's Works Committee and York Region's Solid Waste Committee.  The recommendation was endorsed by these three groups before advancing to Durham Regional Council for approval on January 23rd and York Regional Council on January 24th.
 
Please see the attached Media Backgrounder for the Durham-York EA Study timeline.  Please see the attached Fact Sheet for additional energy-from-waste information.
 
For more information on the Durham-York Residual Waste Environmental Assessment Study, please visit the Study's website:  www.durhamyorkwaste.ca or call the Study's hotline toll-free at 1-866-398-4423.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 

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Media Contact: Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email: kim.sinclair@york.ca

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