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Atlas Landfill Remediation - Welland Vista Park

The City of Welland, Dillon Consulting, and Niagara College are embarking on an exciting year-long project together to create an Atlas Landfill Remediation Concept Plan (ALRCP) for the retired landfill site on Woodlawn Road. Commencing the project in June 2017, the college’s School of Environmental & Horticultural Studies (SEHS) will collaborate with City of Welland staff, and landscape architects from Dillon Consulting to develop the site for public use.

The Atlas Landfill remediation site stands 220 metres above sea level, and towers about 40 metres above its surrounding landscape. The landfill site has nearly reached its operational lifespan; therefore, a detailed plan is necessary to research options, consult with the public, and plan for legislated closure and future land use opportunities.

The former Atlas property has potential to become a unique greenspace for community use once the landfilling is completed. The site offers unimpeded, 360 degree panoramic views of the Welland Canal, Welland River and Niagara Falls.

The process for identifying possible uses for Welland's "lookout park" involves community consultation and selecting mostly passive recreation uses that are compatible with the landform, have universal access and can contribute ecologically to the natural environment in the vicinity. The goal is to make new and lasting connections to the "lookout park" for the community to experience the vistas and enjoy new parkland that goes beyond the current condition of the site.

Picture of Atlas Landfill (Welland Vista Park)

Contact: James O'Neill C.E.T.
Project Manager, Facilities
Phone: (905)735-1700 Ext. 2227
email: james.oneill@welland.ca

Environmental Compliance Approval

The following statement has been issued by the MOECC (Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change):

In 2010, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued an Environmental Compliance Approval to Walker Environmental Group for the use and operation of a solid non-hazardous waste disposal site at the Atlas Remediation Landfill in Welland. A link to the approval can be found on the MOECC Access Environment website: https://www.accessenvironment.ene.gov.on.ca/instruments/0543-9YXGEZ-14.pdf

As required in the Environmental Compliance Approval, a comprehensive environmental monitoring and reporting program is in place at the site. Several times per year, an environmental consultant monitors groundwater, surface water and landfill gas. The results are provided in an annual report to the ministry.

In addition, ministry staff visit the site to observe activities and address concerns on a regular basis. Staff were at the landfill as recently as March 22, 2018 to ensure that incoming loads of waste soil were in compliance with the Environmental Compliance Approval for the site and being transported in according to ministry requirements.

Based on our review of the annual monitoring reports and our regular site visits, the ministry does not have any concerns about the landfill’s activities.