PHYSICAL - The site is located close to the Syvia Grinnel Protected area, any negative impacts will be mitigated by staying away from the protected area and doing as much as possible to minimize the impact on the land within the project boundaries. The landfill will likely be designed to sit on top of the existing land, minimal excavation will likely be done to preserve the permafrost. The hydrology of the site will be affected by the construction of the landfill, but the designer will account for this in the design of ditches to still allow for proper drainage, and the leachate collected on sit will be treated prior to being released. The air quality noise levels may be affected by construction equipment and landfill operations, as well the odour of the landfill, however the smell will be minimized through the bale fill design. As well, only the appropriate amount of equipment will be brought to site. The site is also located far outside of Iqaluit, so noise and air quality should not be an issue.
BIOLOGICAL: On the site, 20 species of plants and 11 species of animals were overserved however none of the are listed as protected under the SARA. Care will be taken to minimize the destruction of vegetation and potential animal habitats during the construction and operational phases of this project.
SOCIO-ECONOMIC: The landfill construction and operation will create new employment opportunities as well as provide Iqaluit with a modern landfill that residents can be proud of. By upgrading this vital piece of community infrastructure, waste will be handled and disposed of in a clean and efficient manner, which is better for overall human health compared to a traditional landfill.
WASTE TRANSFER STATION:
PHYSICIAL - The structure is located on a piece of land that is primarily sand and gravel. In order to construct a stable foundation, earth will need to be excavated and an engineered fill will need to be placed. As well, to help preserve the permafrost, the use of insulation as well as other systems like thermosyphons may be used to help prevent the permafrost from melting. Composting will take place at this site but it will take place in vessel containers that will prevent any negative odours from polluting the air, and the majority of the operations at this facility will occur indoors, reducing the noise generated by the facility. If soil at the Waste Transfer Station is contaminated, it will need to be disposed at a soil treatment facility.
SOCIO-ECONOMIC: The waste transfer station construction and operation will create new employment opportunities as well as provide Iqaluit with a modern facility that residents can be proud of. By constructing this vital piece of community infrastructure, waste will be handled and disposed of in a clean and efficient manner, which is better for overall human health.
|Overburden (organic soil, waste material, tailings)
||20 cubic meters
||If soil at the Waste Transfer Station is contaminated, it will need to be disposed at a soil treatment facility.