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Economy

How many local people will Dufferin employ at the Paris Pit? How many non-local people will Dufferin employ?

When the Paris Pit reaches maximum production, we anticipate a workforce between 10 and 12 employees. We currently employ residents of Paris at other Dufferin operations and some of these people may want to work closer to home. In addition, we may have employees from locations that are toward completion that may want to move to the Paris operation. Therefore it is difficult to comment on how many local people will ultimately be employed.

You will see we are currently advertising in the Brantford Expositor for positions at Dufferin operations in both Kitchener and Flamboro. Future advertising will address needs in Paris when required.

Enviroment

 How can the Watts Pond survive the Pit?
 

The Watts Pond, located within the Paris Pit site, will be protected throughout all extraction phases. The pond is not part of any extraction area. In addition, the operation design of the area closest to the pond takes into considers the needs of this natural feature. This includes the necessary setbacks, silt fencing and enhancement plantings of native shrub and trees.

Watts Pond     Watts Pond


Dufferin Aggregates has extensive experience protecting and preserving sensitive natural environment features. For example, our Millcreek Pit is located adjacent to sensitive natural environmental features, including a cold-water trout stream and a wetland complex. These are both similar to Paris' Gilbert Creek and Watts Pond.

The Millcreek operations plan and monitoring program was carefully designed to address any potential affects to Millcreek, ground water and wetlands. Results of monitoring on site indicate extraction has not impacted trout populations or wetlands.

The Paris Pit operations plan and monitoring system will be designed with the same care and best practices.

 Can we receive the Endangered Species Act?
 

View the Endangered Species Act

View the Endagered Species Act on the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry website

 How will the general ecology around the site be protected?
Generally speaking we can use setbacks, planting/feature development, fencing, selective timing etc. to address specific ecology needs. We are in the process of finalizing the benchmarking and monitoring of ecology information at Paris, as part of our operations plan. Once finalized, we will make this information publicly available.

Water

Why does the hydrogeology study not include the impact from going below the water table?
The overall analysis on extraction does address below water extraction. It is our conclusion that below water table extraction can be done safely. Monitoring has been in place since the 1980s and we have committed to ongoing monitoring. We will re-examine below water table extraction when we reach the final phase of the operations plan. We are confident the monitoring will confirm what we have already concluded.
Will Dufferin Aggregates commit to not go below the water table?
Yes. Dufferin has made the commitment that the below water table extraction will not happen if we cannot demonstrate to the appropriate agencies, that based on science it can be done safely.
How far will the source pond be from the wells?
The source water pond proposed for the Paris Pit will be at least 550 metres away from the Gilbert municipal wells and 1.5 kilometres from the Telfer municipal wells. The pond will be outside any Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA).
Dufferin has stated that they have other operations with Wells within the sites. How long have they been in operation and are there any examples?
The Dufferin Aggregates Simcoe Pit site, located in the Town of Simcoe since the 1960s, is within a WHPA. The town's water system includes three ground water well fields, providing drinking water to approximately 15,500 people. One of the well fields, the Northwest Field, consists of three wells. Two of these wells are located inside the licensed boundary of the Simcoe Pit. These wells are within 5 and 15 metres of the lakes created by Dufferin Aggregates while extracting below the water table. We have had no problems at this site.

There are some municipalities actually looking to put municipal wells within the pit areas because the location provides a good water supply.

Do you have examples of this?
 

The Caledon Village Well (No. 3) operated by the Region of Peel is a clear example of a municipal well operating successfully and the siting of new wells in close proximity to aggregate extraction. Caledon Well 3 has been in operation since 1982 and is located immediately west of Highway 10, with active licensed aggregate extraction areas in close vicinity around the wellhead on both sides of Highway 10.

The municipal well draws water from a unconfined sand and gravel aquifer. The aggregate extraction operations include both above and below the water table extraction within the Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPAs). The WHPA includes an extraction pond approximately 100 m upgradient of the wellhead in the same aquifer.

The water supply from Well 3 remains suitable for water supply as confirmed through monitoring programs and indicated by the following statement from the Region of Peel: "over the previous 26 years the water quality from Well 3 has been excellent water taking from an aquifer adjacent to an aggregate extraction site, when operated with 'due diligence' can co-exist" and similar statements by their consultants and other agencies. There is no evidence that aggregate activities have had a negative impact on drinking water quality over the past monitoring years while the aggregate sites were in operation within the WHPA (CVCA, 2012). Water quality was found to be excellent and that the remaining aquifer provides effective in-situ filtration (Geo Kamp Ltd, supply consultants).

The Region of Peel completed an Environmental Assessment to establish a new municipal well to increase the water supply for the Caledon / Alton area in 2011. The preferred location selected for the new well is the same area as Well 3, completed in the same unconfined aquifer interval between the active aggregate operations on either side of Highway 10.

Are there any examples within the Grand River Conservation Authority Area where Aggregate Operations are in close proximity to Source Water Protection Areas?
As a result of geology, it is common for aggregate extraction and source water protection areas to be in close proximity. The same glacial sand and gravel deposits that are potential sources of high quality aggregate materials for concrete, asphalt and construction materials are also sources of ground water with sufficient quality and quantity for municipal needs.

There are many existing examples of aggregate extraction occurring in close proximity to source water wells and also of source water wells being selected to be located close to existing aggregate operations. Using the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) web mapping tool, sixteen locations within the GRCA watershed were identified. A list of the sites is as follows:

chart of list of GRCA sites

How will Dufferin protect our WHPAs?
Dufferin Aggregates has experience operating in WHPAs and in close proximity to sensitive environmental features. We will continue to communicate and share information with the MNRF, MOECC, County of Brant, Grand River Conservation Authority, CAP and the public. We will continue with the existing ground water monitoring program in place since the 1980s for water quality and quantity. The monitoring program will be expanded, as necessary, to ensure protection of the WHPA. Dufferin will implement Best Management Practices and its Environmental Management Plan at the site. Some specific things that we will do include:
  • Fuel storage for on site equipment will be outside the WHPA's in above ground containers that have secondary protection
  • Fueling will be done on an impervious pad
  • Progressive rehabilitation will be carried out
  • Major equipment maintenance will be done outside the WHPA or offsite

Dufferin Aggregates has obtained approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources to move the location of the central processing area from its original location to be located outside the WHPA.

In addition to the measures taken by Dufferin, Source Water Protection measures are being established and the County of Brant will continue to implement their ground water monitoring program. Any other applicable measures identified by the finalized Source Water Protection Official Plan Policies will be reviewed and adapted to the Paris Pit, as appropriate.

Licensing and Permitting

Was the license given to Dufferin before or after the Wells were in place?

The municipal groundwater supply from the vicinity of the Dufferin property was established prior to the issuance of the License for the Paris Pit. The existence of the municipal water supply was one of the factors considered in the decision to grant the License. Changes to the water supply system were anticipated at the time the License was issued. As the system adapted over time, the County was aware of the Paris Pit License and Land Use designation. The County and Dufferin have been measuring water levels and quality at the Dufferin wells for many years.

What is the timing for the Permit to Take Water application?

We are working through some of the technical questions that have been asked to-date by members of the community and also the County, in order to ensure the application addresses all concerns. We will be ready to submit the application this Fall, 2012.

Can we receive technical reports for Environmental Compliance approval on air and noise emissions?

All available information will be provided upon request. The approval for air and noise is equipment-specific; therefore, we will prepare and file technical reports and an ECA application once the operation is ready for the installation of the permanent plant. We expect that timing to be several years away.

A portable plant will be used during operation start-up. The portable plant is governed by an existing ECA. Once the site is in operation, that portable plant ECA permit will be made public.

Safety

How many truck driver accidents have occurred while hauling for Dufferin Aggregates? Was anybody killed or injured for life?
We are not aware of any accidents involving trucks hauling aggregate for Dufferin.
How many accidents has Dufferin Aggregates had at any of their aggregate pits? What were the accidents and when?
 

At Dufferin Aggregates, and across the entire CRH Canada Group Inc. organization, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) is, and will always remain, a core value of our company and an important part of how we operate. For us, one incident is one incident too many. We never compromise on safety, regardless of the size of the project or the complexity of the operation.

Over the past several years, we have approached OH&S from new directions to further enhance our attitudes, activities and behaviours towards health and safety. As a result, not a single Dufferin Aggregates employee has suffered a Loss Time Injury since June 2010.
Many of our sites nearby Paris have have achieved no Loss Time Injuries in over 10 years, including: Millcreek (12.4 years); Flamboro (9.4 years); Cayuga (8.7 years); and Blair (8.6 years).

Transportation and Road Use

Will Dufferin pay for stone chip damage to windshields and cars caused by the truck traffic?
Most roads have gravel shoulders and loose stones that have the potential to chip windshields. We do not pay for damage caused by road gravel and stones. As with all Dufferin locations, we will do what we can to minimize loose stones. There will be a tarping area in the pit to allow truckers to check their loads before leaving the site.
As the trucks utilize Rest Acres (the County Truck Route), will anything be done about the noise factors for the homes in the Granville estates?

We will use Rest Acres Road as our truck route because the County of Brant has designated this route for truck traffic. Mitigation of noise impacts as a result of any traffic along this County designated truck route is up to the County. It is our understanding the County will be expanding the number of lanes on Rest Acres Road to accommodate increased traffic and they may choose to address concerns about noise impacts during that process.

Dufferin will work with the County and take a number of measures to mitigate noise, including banning truckers from using engine breaks. This will be achieved through driver education and signage.

Have there been any recent changes to the truck route?
We have not made any changes to the proposed truck route. We continue to follow the County designated truck route.
Has consideration been given to utilizing Pinehurst Rd north to Drumbo Rd, then down to the 403?
The County of Brant sets the truck route. When the County enforces half-load restrictions on some local roads, Drumbo Rd. is the designated alternate route.