Minister's Response

Project

The Town of Erin is proposing to construct, operate and maintain the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant Project (the Project), located southeast of the Village of Erin in Wellington County, Ontario. The Project would provide wastewater servicing to the Village of Erin and Hillsburgh. As proposed, treated effluent would be discharged to the West Credit River at Winston Churchill Boulevard, upstream of the community of Belfountain.

Decision

Non-designated project.

Reasons

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada has considered the potential for the Project to cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, adverse direct or incidental effects, public concern related to these effects, as well as adverse impacts on the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. The Minister also considered the analysis of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

The Minister has reached the decision that the designation of the Project is unwarranted for the following reasons:

  • the potential adverse effects within federal jurisdiction would be limited through project design and the application of standard mitigation measures;
  • the regulatory processes that currently apply to, or have been undertaken for, the Project and any related consultations provide a framework to address the potential adverse aforementioned effects, public concerns raised in relation to those effects, and potential impacts to Aboriginal and Treaty rights. These include:
    • a Municipal Class environmental assessment completed pursuant to Ontario's Environmental Assessment Act;
    • provincial permits and approvals that may be required for the Project pursuant to the Ontario Water Resources Act, Public Lands Act, Ontario Heritage Act, and Ontario's Environmental Protection Act;
    • authorizations and approvals, if required for the Project, pursuant to the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Navigable Waters Act; and
  • the Project must comply with relevant provisions of the above listed Acts as well as the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations pursuant to the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Ontario's Endangered Species Act and the Conservation Authorities Act.
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