by Olivia Rutt.
The Ontario government has released a new policy framework that could impact how excess soil – also known as “fill” – is regulated, who is responsible and the role municipalities play in the process.
The proposed Excess Soil Management Policy Framework, completed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), would shift more responsibility onto those generating the fill, including better plans for appropriate re-use and tracking and recording fill from source to re-use.
It also recognizes the potential risks associated with mismanagement of fill.
“Improper management can result in impact to ground or surface water quality and/or quantity, natural areas and agricultural lands, and cause a number of local issues, including concerns regarding noise, dust, truck traffic, road damage, erosion, drainage and other social, health and environmental concerns,” the document states.
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