In a recent interview at River Valley Park, owner Harjeet Dusanjh, told Superior Media, “We are doing the studies that are required and asking for an extension (to the August 31st closure deadline).
“Greenland Consulting Group (Collingwood, Ontario) will be undertaking the The Assimilative Capacity Study. A study that normally takes months to complete, will be expedited by Greenland Consulting. An extension of the closure date will support their ability to complete the work in conjunction with Kresin Engineering.” he said. “After the preliminary study is complete we will then move forward to a conference call between Kresin, Greenland and MOECC.”
An Assimilative Capacity Study (ACS) refers to the ability of a body of water to cleanse itself; its capacity to receive waste waters or toxic substances without deleterious effects and without damage to aquatic life or humans who consume the water. In simplest terms, assimilative capacity is the mass of a substance that can be discharged to the water body, without the substance concentration exceeding environmental quality objectives. An ACS works through a series of steps, to quantify the capacity of the water body and determine safe release limits for discharge.
In an interview with Superior Media, Greenland Consulting Group’s Trevor Boston – Project Manager for the ACS, said, “Greenland Consulting Group has been retained by Kresin Engineering as a subcontractor to do the Assimilative Capacity work. This is a supporting study as part of a wider Environmental Compliance Approval Application for River Valley Park. This is an assessment of in stream water quality.”
“We need to figure out what the quality of the effluent has to be in order to not cause impairment to the water course downstream.” he said
With respect to the length of time it takes to complete an ACS, Boston said, “An ACS depends on the complexity of the project – A blanket time-frame for completion is difficult – however we are intending to have this study complete by September 15th.”
“Kresin Engineering is the primary consultant on this project and Kresin are the people on the ground. Greenland’s role is to facilitate the ACS.”
All municipalities and industries that discharge, or are planning to discharge wastewater to a natural water body, may be required to undertake an ACS under federal and provincial regulations.
With impending homelessness of 36 people, Superior Media reached out to Ontario’s Ministry of Housing.
Myriam Denis, Minister Peter Milczyn’s press secretary stated, “Our priority is to ensure that Ontarians have a safe and affordable place to call home. Property owners are responsible for making sure sewage works are properly designed and maintained. We understand that Algoma Public Health deemed the sewage works at the River Valley Park a public health hazard to residents and ordered the owner to close and vacate the park.
Under The Residential Tenancies Act, landlords are responsible for maintaining a residential complex (such as a mobile home park) in a good state of repair and fit for habitation, and for complying with health, safety, housing and maintenance standards. Tenants who believe that the landlord has breached their responsibilities under the RTA can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a remedy. This could include applying for compensation for costs incurred as a result of the landlord failing to comply with maintenance responsibilities, such as relocation costs.
District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board officials are prepared to assist the residents. For additional information about the various services they offer, you may contact the Board directly. We are closely monitoring this situation.”
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