January 04, 2021
JMCC releases Draft Peer Review Team Report
Report is the culmination of eight years of research and critique of how Walker proposes to manage the economic, social, cultural, environmental, health and other impacts of the proposed landfill on Oxford's communities.
NEW RELEASE FROM THE JOINT MUNICIPAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (JMCC)
The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee (JMCC) released the Draft Peer Review Team Report to the community today along with an updated timeline infographic that shows the status of the Southwestern Landfill Proposal’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).
The report is the culmination of eight years of research and critique of how Walker proposes to manage the economic, social, cultural, environmental, health and other impacts of the proposed landfill on Oxford's communities.
First submitted to Walker Environmental Group on August 12, 2020, the Draft Peer Review Team Report was withheld until Walker had an opportunity to review and comment on its findings as previously agreed under a Memorandum of Understanding between the JMCC and Walker. The Draft Peer Review Team Report is released today with Walker’s comments as well as correspondence between the JMCC and Walker on the report’s release.
The next step for the JMCC and its independent peer review team is to consider the Walker comments and finalize the Peer Review Report. This will take place in early 2021.
After that, there are still a number of important steps required to complete the Southwestern Landfill Proposal's EA process. Under recent changes to the Environmental Assessment Act, before the finalized EA can be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks for consideration, Walker must first obtain council resolutions from the Township of Zorra, the Township of South-West Oxford, and the Town of Ingersoll indicating support for the landfill proposal.
If all three councils are in support, Walker would then submit the final EA to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, a step that is followed by a further opportunity for public comment. The final opportunity for public comment follows the Ministry's review and public release of the EA document. The Minister would then be required to decide whether or not to accept the EA and grant approval to proceed with the landfill proposal.
The Draft Peer Review Team Report, JMCC correspondence with Walker, and the updated EA timeline graphic are available at www.oxfordreviewteam.ca.
Report: Peer Review Report | Southwestern Landfill Proposal Draft Environmental Assessment Report (Submitted August 12, 2020)
Report: Walker Environmental Group | Summary of Revisions/Action Items Arising from JMCC PRT Comments on the Southwestern Landfill Draft EA (December 1, 2020)
EA Timeline infographic: The EA and JMCC Peer Review process (Jan 4, 2021)
Letter: JMCCResponse to Comments on the JMCC Peer Review of the Draft EA (Dec 17, 2020)
The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee (JMCC), formed in 2013, is made up of the heads of Council and CAOs of Zorra Township, the Town of Ingersoll, Township of South-West Oxford and Oxford County, the municipalities most directly affected by the proposal to build a large-scale landfill in Zorra Township. The committee was formed to oversee a sound professional peer review of the information and research contained in the environmental assessment for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill proposal.
The Peer Review team is made up of 18 experts covering more than 20 discipline areas that will be considered in the proposal’s environmental assessment, including air quality, noise, water quality/hydrogeology, groundwater, land use, legal, traffic, agriculture, the natural environment, human health, culture, social impact and other issues that have the potential to affect quality of life for residents and the local ecosystem.
The JMCC peer review process has been ongoing since the commencement of the Environmental Assessment for the Southwestern Landfill in 2013. To date, the JMCC has reviewed and commented on the draft Terms of Reference, the Alternative Methods Interim Report, the draft Environmental Assessment Updated Work Plans, the draft Land Use Planning Forecast, and the final Environmental Assessment technical work plans.
For more information visit www.oxfordreviewteam.ca.