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Québec, September 27th, 2007 - At the request of Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) has today made public its inquiry and public hearing report on the Project to establish a technical landfill site at Danford Lake in the Municipality of Alleyn-et-Cawood by LDC – Gestion et services environnementaux. This inquiry and public hearing mandate began on May 15th of this year. The commission in charge of examining the project was chaired by Claudette Journault, seconded by Donald Labrie, commissioner. The commission tabled its report on September 14th.

Opinion of the commission

In light of its analysis and the public consultation held, the commission concludes that it is not desirable to authorize the project.

Consultation initiative undertaken in the Outaouais Region

In the opinion of the commission, it is imperative that the regional choices concerning the regional management of residual materials ensue from the reflection and consultation initiative already begun by the Table des préfets de l’Outaouais (Board of reeves of the Outaouais Region), rather than by adjusting to the tabling of a new project. While the valorization of residual materials is preferred in the Outaouais Region over their disposal in a landfill, the process to find a solution to the regional management of residual materials is still under way. For this reason, the proposed technical landfill site would risk compromising this consultation approach already initiated.

To put an end to the current transport outside the region of residual materials generated by the Outaouais Region, the commission supports the continuation of the regional initiative undertaken in order to determine the residual materials valorization technology that should be chosen as well as the locations for the establishment of facilities. The region’s commitment to a transparent decision-making process based on public participation and subject to a meticulous timetable would make it possible to develop an optimum solution for the management of residual materials, while making this solution socially acceptable.

For the commission, it is important that regional residual materials management facilities be located near the sources that generate such materials in order to minimize the transport thereof, which is not the case for the proposed technical landfill site. Moreover, given the context requiring the closure of trench landfills by January 2009, the commission agrees that a temporary residual materials management solution will be necessary without, however, supporting the project.

A project that would exceed the needs of the Outaouais Region

The commission finds that the total capacity of 8 megatonnes for the proposed technical landfill site, spread out over approximately thirty years, would far exceed the needs of the Outaouais Region. This will be even more so the case once a valorization technology has been chosen and implemented to serve the region, as the landfill needs will be reduced. However, the commission recognizes that it will still be necessary to resort to landfilling to dispose of a certain quantity of the residual materials generated, thus complementing valorization

Project’s impacts on the environment

If the project were to be carried out, it would lead to a major increase in trucking on Route 301, between Kazabazua and Danford Lake, whereas the increase would be moderate on Route 105. Moreover, were the groundwater to become polluted by the leachate, it could be difficult to limit the problem and to treat the volumes of contaminated water associated with a landfill site of this scope.

Fairness and social acceptability

For the commission, the project raises questions of fairness, particularly because this site is located far away from the main centres that generate the residual materials of the Outaouais Region. The scope of the project in relation to the receiving environment, the difficulty for residents to participate in the decision-making of municipal authorities and concerns about the monitoring of environmental repercussions have resulted in major opposition to the project within the population. In the eyes of the commission, this project is problematic from a social acceptability standpoint.


The inquiry and public hearing report on the Project to establish a technical landfill site at Danford Lake in the Municipality of Alleyn-et-Cawood is now available. It may be consulted at the BAPE documentation centres, at the consultation centres opened in the community and on the BAPE website at Requests for copies may also be submitted to the office of the BAPE, either by sending an e-mail to the following address: or by dialing 418 643-7447 or the following toll-free number: 1 800 463-4732.

It is worthwhile recalling that during the first part of the public hearing, the commission held six public sessions in Lac-Sainte-Marie and in Gatineau. During the second part, eight public sessions were held, allowing the commission to receive 84 briefs and to hear 17 oral presentations by individuals, groups, organizations and municipalities interested in this project.


Source : Jean-Sébastien Fillion
Communications advisor
418 643-7447 or 1 800 463-4732, extension 538

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