A Renewable Energy Approval has been issued to PurEnergy Inc. to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 3 anaerobic digestion facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use, and retiring of an anaerobic digestion facility, with a total name plate capacity of 9.8 MW. The facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.
This Class 3 anaerobic digestion facility, known as Kawartha Biogas, is located at 6830 Highway 7, Lot 6, Concession 6, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township, County of Peterborough.
The Renewable Energy Approval requires the proponent to construct, install, operate, use and retire the facility in accordance with specific terms and conditions. The terms and conditions, as summarised below, require the proponent to:
- construct and install the facility in accordance with the documentation considered for the issuance of this approval,
- notify the ministry prior to a change of ownership,
- provide the ministry with any requested information concerning the operation of the facility and allow the ministry to carry out authorized inspections of the facility,
- properly decommission the facility upon retirement of the facility,
- construct and install the facility within 3 years of the date of the approval,
- limit water takings to one time volume of 28,590,000 litres,
- properly address any archaeological resources discovered,
- undertake monitoring of the high efficiency flare,
- comply with the ministry’s noise emission limits at all times,
- submit financial assurance in the amount of $848,714.63 to the ministry at least 30 days prior to the construction of the facility,
- respond to environmental complaints regarding the operation of the facility,
- comply with the service area, approved biomass receipt rate, approved biomass types, and approved storage limitations,
- post a sign at the entrance of the facility to ensure the facility’s users, operators, and public are aware of important information and restrictions regarding the facility,
- comply with the specified operating hours of the facility, undertake odour control measures, and ensure rejected waste and waste handling and storage are undertaken in an appropriate manner,
- ensure the facility is secured, supervised, and operated by trained personnel,
- carry out staff training and prepare an operations manual, comprehensive written inspection program, preventative maintenance program, and emergency response and contingency plan,
- undertake quality control monitoring of incoming biomass and ensure all processed material is managed, processed, and disposed of in accordance with ministry requirements,
- maintain and manage the cleanliness of the facility,
- maintain records of the operation and maintenance of the equipment and inspections and complaints related to the facility,
- ensure wastewater generated at the facility is handled in accordance with ministry requirements,
- carry out monitoring of: the effluent from the ammonium recovery system, discharge to the Quarry Infiltration Area, and the Quarry Waterbody to ensure effluent discharge from wastewater treatment facility at the facility meets the effluent limits set by the ministry,
- design and construct sewage works for the electrical substation with spill containment system,
- implement t the sediment and erosion control plan during construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and retiring of the facility.
This renewable energy project has been approved in accordance with the requirements of Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 359/09.
NOTE: Regarding Third Party Hearing Provisions
Third Party Hearing Provisions are listed immediately below. The Leave to Appeal Provisions indicated in the section titled “Leave to Appeal Provisions” at the end of the posting do not apply to Renewable Energy Approvals issued under 47.5 of the EPA.
Any resident of Ontario may require a hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) within 15 days after the date this Decision was loaded to the Environmental Registry (see top right of decision notice) by written notice served upon all of the following:
Environmental Review Tribunal
655 Bay Street
Phone: (416) 212-6349
Fax: (416) 314-4506
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario:
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
1075 Bay Street
Phone: (800) 701-6454
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West
200 Division Street
An applicant for a hearing shall state in the notice requiring the hearing, (a) a description of how engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance with the renewable energy approval will cause, (i) serious harm to human health, or (ii) serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment; (b) the portion of the renewable energy approval in respect of which the hearing is required; and (c) the relief sought.
Further information is provided on the ERT’s website at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/guides/index.htm.
If you have any questions about the hearing process please consult a lawyer or contact the ERT.