Summit Earthworks | Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility

December 15, 2016

Project status

Permit under review

In December 2016, Summit Earthworks submitted a project permit application to develop the Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility at the parcel southeast of the intersection at Derwent Way and Salter Street in New Westminster, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project, consultation with the public, Aboriginal and stakeholder groups is required. The port authority is conducting formal consultation activities with stakeholder and Aboriginal groups as part of the permitting process.

About the project

Summit Earthworks proposes to develop a soil and barge transfer facility. The proposed project is to facilitate the transfer of contaminated waste soil from development sites in Metro Vancouver to a disposal facility in Mission, BC. Soil will arrive at the project site via truck; it will then be temporarily stored in a contained waste offload/storage area (with a total capacity of approximately 3,000 m3), before being transferred to a barge for transit along the Fraser River. In some instances, soil may also be transferred off-site via truck. The facility will not accept hazardous soils, and all soils that move through the facility will have contamination levels less than the BC Hazardous Waste Regulations criteria.

It is anticipated that one barge per week will be loaded with approximately 1,500 to 2,500 m3 of soil. The material will be loaded to the barge via a hopper and a covered conveyor. The conveyor will deposit the soil onto the barge using a telescopic spout and a loader will displace the soil evenly across the barge deck. The total estimated volume of soil through the site per month is 6,000 m3.

The site will also incorporate gravel storage bays and a gravel loading area, with a total capacity of approximately 620-750 m3. Gravel will arrive at and leave the site via truck. These operations will be ancillary to the primary use of the site as a soil transfer and barge facility.

Vehicle access to the site is proposed to be via an access road that connects to Salter Street to the north of the site. Operation of the facility will include up to 60 trucks arriving and departing intermittently each day. Trucks will only use designated truck routes.

Proposed project activities and components include:

  • Site clearing, stripping and grubbing
  • Construction of a 1,200m2 (~12,900ft2) lined and covered waste soil storage area designed to prevent infiltration into the underlying subgrade;
  • Construction of a lock block perimeter wall around the covered soil storage area measuring 2.25m (~7.5ft) above grade and 1.5m (~5ft) below grade
  • Construction of a 0.3m (~1ft) high containment curb to the south and east of the truck unloading area and around the hopper to contain excess runoff.
  • Construction of two uncovered gravel storage bays that occupy a 240m2 (~2,600ft2) area, with 3.25m (~11ft) high lock block walls on three sides;
  • Construction of an ~2.5m (8ft) noise barrier fence, tree barrier, and soil berm along the western boundary of the site;
  • Grading and paving, including construction of an asphalt road leading to the soil storage area and a compacted gravel road around the gravel storage bays;
  • Installation of a weigh scale measuring 18m x 3m (~60ft x 10ft) and a scale shack and scale house, each measuring 6m x 2.5m x 2.6m (~20ft x 8ft x 8.5ft);
  • Installation of a 2,500L (~660 gallon) fuel above-ground storage tank (AST) and concrete pad;
  • Installation of a wheel wash station;
  • Installation of a runoff water treatment facility and pump station measuring 8m x 3m (~26ft x 10ft) and two ~19,000L (5,000 gallon) water storage tanks;
  • Installation of 6 LED flood lights;
  • Construction of 4 vehicle parking spaces;
  • Installation of a culvert;
  • Installation of 2 underground infiltration systems measuring 40m x 3m (~130ft x 10ft) for directing storm water from the roof drainage;
  • Installation of storm drains and catch basins;
  • Installation of a concrete pad mounted hopper
  • Installation of a covered barge loading conveyor and telescopic loading spout; and
  • Installation of 16 piles (4 dolphins and 1 conveyor truss and support)

Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately six months.

Resources

January 2017 – Project Permit Application Form: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
November 2018-  Project Permit Application Project Summary: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

January 2017 – Project Permit Application Location Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
January 2019 – Project Permit Application Drawing Package: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application Culvert Twinning Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Barge Berth and Ramp Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated February 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Marine Loading Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
August 2018 – Project Permit Application Marine Operations Mitigations Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Contingency and Spill Response Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Geotechnical Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated March 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Air Assessment Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated May 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated February 2019) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Storm Runoff Drainage Plan Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Biophysical Assessment and Vegetation Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated May 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Screening: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated April 2017) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Traffic Impact Study: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated May 2018) [PDF]
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Archaeological Overview Assessment: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated November 2017; Received and under review)
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Construction Environmental Management Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Updated February 2019) [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Addendum Noise Assessment Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air Assessment Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air and Noise Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
August 2018 – Project Permit Application Addendum Concrete handling: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Contact information

For more information about Summit Earthworks’ proposed project, please contact Myles Hargrove by email or phone at 604.820.0569.

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact Deborah Renn, Planner, by email or phone at 604.665.9561.