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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

High Rate Treatment

High Rate Treatment Facility in Niagara Falls The Niagara Region and the City of Niagara Falls in 2007 completed construction of a new joint Central Pump Station - High Rate Treatment (HRT) facility at a cost of $26.6M. The Central Pump Station - High Rate Treatment Project represents a significant increase in pumping capacity and associated CSO capture and treatment. This capture eliminates the Muddy Run CSO discharge to the Niagara River and represents a 12% decrease in CSO occurrences and a 62% reduction in CSO volume City wide. The City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region are extremely proud of the positive impact that the Central Pumping Station - High Rate Treatment facility will have on the natural environment for years to come. (See Appendix 7 for further details) concluded with extensive recommendations for new facilities, upgrades to existing facilities and improved operations. Implementation of Procedure F 5-5 28 by the municipalities within the AOC will substantially address RAP concerns related to CSOs. In 2006, an audit and evaluation of CSOs was carried out by the Niagara Water Strategy and a report 29 , containing a proposed CSO Management Action Plan, was circulated to the project Steering Committee Panel for discussion. The Plan was subsequently approved by Regional Council in fall 2007. A brief summary of pollution prevention and control initiatives being undertaken by municipalities in the Niagara River AOC is provided in Appendix 7. Municipalities are also using innovative technologies to help reduce the number of discharges of untreated waste water to the environment. One example is the construction of the new High Rate Treatment Facility in Niagara Falls. B) Implementation activity: Liaison with the MOE to inform RAP partners and the public about regulatory monitoring efforts of Canadian point sources of persistent toxics. In Ontario, the Ministry of the Environment operates the Municipal/Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) program for addressing levels of persistent toxic substances in industrial direct discharges entering Ontario’s waterways. The program focuses on nine industrial sectors, covering the major toxic polluters: petroleum, pulp and paper, metal mining, industrial minerals, metal casting, organic chemical manufacturing, inorganic chemical, iron and steel, and electric power generation. Figure 5: Niagara Falls Central Pumping Stn. CSO-HRT Facility Opening 29 Regional Niagara. September 2006. Evaluation and Audit of Sanitary Combined Sewer Overflows. Draft for Discussion. 18

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update The MISA regulations include monitoring and reporting requirements. MISA information is available on the MOE’s Web site. 32 The Niagara River Toxics Management Plan (NRTMP) is designed to reduce the concentrations of toxic pollutants in the Niagara River. 33 The results of monitoring Ontario point sources for ten years between 1986 and 1995 show loading reduction estimates of 99% for the 18 chemicals of concern (see Appendix 5). The NRTMP produces an annual progress report that is available to the public and hosts a public information session every three years. C) Implementation activity: Encourage industry, business and local government participation in the Pollution Prevention Pledge (P4) and Accelerated Reduction and Elimination of Toxics (ARET) programs. The Pollution Prevention Pledge (P4) and Accelerated Reduction and Elimination of Toxics 34 (ARET) programs no longer exist. In the Niagara Region, six chemical companies participate in the Niagara Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) program. 35 Information on chemical emissions reductions since 1993 is available at www.niagaracaer.com. 32 www.ene.gov.on.ca 33 Niagara River Toxics Management Plan (NRTMP) Progress Report and Work Plan. October 2007. Prepared by The Niagara River Secretariat. 34 www.ec.gc.ca/nopp/aret 35 www.niagaracaer.com 19

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