Nelson Aggregate Co. - Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

Instrument type: Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

ERO number
019-2698
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Aggregate Resources Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
November 10, 2020 - December 28, 2020 (48 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:

November 10, 2020
to December 28, 2020

Proposal summary

Nelson Aggregate Co. has applied for a Class A, Category 2 (Quarry Below Water) license to expand its existing quarry by 78.3 hectares.

Location details

Site location details

City of Burlington, Regional Municipality of Halton

Part Lots 1 & 2, Concession 2 and

Part Lots 17& 18, Concession NDS

City of Burlington

The site is adjacent to the Nelson Quarry’s existing licensed operations; Aggregate Resources Act licenses No. 5499 and No. 5657. 

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Proponent(s)

Nelson Aggregate Co.
2433 No. 2 Sideroad
Burlington, ON
L7P 0G8
Canada

Proposal details

Nelson Aggregate Co. has applied for a Class A, Category 2 (Quarry Below Water) license to expand its existing quarry by 78.3 hectares including an extraction area of 50.2 hectares.  This application is adjacent to two existing quarry licenses currently issued to Nelson Aggregate Co.  If approved, the proponent has requested to operate the new and existing sites as a single operation.  The annual tonnage condition applied for is 2,000,000 tonnes for the quarry expansion. 

Other Information 

Nelson Aggregate Co. currently operates the adjacent site under the authority of licence No. 5499 & No. 5657 under the Aggregate Resources Act. The existing, approved licenses are a combined 218.3 hectares in size.

The extraction of aggregate from a pit or quarry on private land designated by regulation, in the Province of Ontario, requires the issuance of a licence.  The Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards Version 1 (Provincial Standards) sets out the application process and requirements.   

For each new licence, the applicant must provide information (site plan, summary statement, technical reports) with respect to the existing features, operation and rehabilitation of the site to demonstrate that the proposed operation will minimize adverse impact on the environment. This information is prepared in accordance with the category being applied for under the Provincial Standards.

For this proposal the following information is available from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry contact:

  • Site Plan
  • Summary Statement
  • Natural Environment Level 1 and 2
  • Cultural Heritage Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Hydrogeological Level One and Two
  • Noise Assessment
  • Blast Design

The Site Plan addresses existing features of the pit and/or quarry area (existing natural features and land use on and surrounding the site within 120 meters); the proposed operation (shape, dimensions, area and depth to be excavated, method of extraction); and progressive and final rehabilitation.

The Summary Statement includes information on one or more of the following considerations:  land use planning, agricultural classification, quality and quantity of aggregate, haul routes, truck traffic and entrance permits, progressive and final rehabilitation, surface water, and elevation of the established groundwater table.

The Natural Environment report determines the presence of significant natural heritage features/areas and fish habitat and ensures that any necessary preventative, mitigative or remedial measures are undertaken for their protection. A Level 1 report identifies if the features are on-site or within 120 meters of the site.  If features are identified, then an impact assessment (Natural Environment Level 2 report) is prepared to determine any negative impacts on the natural features or ecological functions, and any proposed preventative, mitigative or remedial measures.

The purpose of a Cultural Heritage Resources report is to ensure that significant archaeological resources are identified, assessed for their significance, and protected (preserved or collected).

A Hydrogeological Level 1 report is a preliminary evaluation to determine the final extraction depth relative to the established groundwater table(s) and the potential for adverse effects to groundwater and surface water resources and their uses.  If the Level 1 report identifies a potential adverse effect resulting from the operation, then an impact assessment (Level 2 report) is required to determine the significance of the effect and the feasibility of mitigation.

A Noise Assessment report is prepared if extraction and/or processing facilities are within 150 meters (for pit applications) or 500 meters (for quarry applications) of a sensitive receptor defined by the Provincial Standards. The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

A Blast Design report is prepared if a sensitive receptor, defined by the Provincial Standards, is based within 500 metres of the limit of extraction for a quarry application.  The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

Comments received through the Environmental Registry should not be construed as an objection under the Aggregate Resources Act in accordance with section 4.0 – Notification and Consultation Standards of the Provincial Standards 1.0 under the Aggregate Resources Act.  To be considered as a formal objector, individuals need to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry person specified on this notice to determine how to submit an objection.

Public Consultation opportunities

As specified in the Aggregate Resources Act, written notice concerning this application was delivered to landowners within 120 metres of the proposed licenced boundary; an information sign, giving notice to the public of this application, was erected at the proposed site; and a Notice of Application appeared in the local newspaper, the Burlington Post, on October 29, 2020. 

All documents related to Nelson Aggregate Co.’s Burlington Quarry Extension are available for public and agency review at www.mtnemoquarrypark.com. On the homepage of this website navigate to Future Operations> Technical Documents to view materials.

In place of an in person Public Information Session the applicant will be available from November 17th, 2020 to December 2nd, 2020, excluding weekends, to discuss details and answer questions related to the application. Please email Tecia White at tecia@white-water.ca to organize a time for a call.

The application for this licence is being circulated within the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry.  Additionally, notification of this application has been circulated to the Niagara Escarpment Commission, Regional Municipality of Halton, City of Burlington, Conservation Halton, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs, Ministry of the Environment Conservation & Parks, and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

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MNRF - ROD - Integrated Aggregate Operations Section
Address

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

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The comment period was from November 10, 2020
to December 28, 2020

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Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

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