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.
Advanced Public Notification – Atlas Landfill Remediation Project Closure
The Atlas Landfill Remediation Project located at 685 River Road, in Welland, Ontario, is nearing completion. All of the site remediation objectives have been achieved, the site is in full compliance with its environmental approvals and is nearing its final approved capacity. The site will stop accepting waste in spring 2019, with final capping and closure activities taking place over the remainder of 2019.
This is how the site will look once capped, and closure activities are finished. The City of Welland is in the process of implementing an end use plan, which will establish future uses of the site. This information will be communicated to the public, with opportunities to provide input, at a later date.
Please note that a site closure plan is being submitted for review and approval by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, as per Environmental Compliance Approval Number A120409.
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.
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.