Summit Earthworks | Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Loading Facility
Permit under review
In December 2016, Summit Earthworks submitted a project permit application to develop the Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Loading Facility at the parcel southeast of the intersection at Derwent Way and Salter Street in New Westminster, British Columbia (BC) 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, stakeholder and Indigenous groups is required. The port authority conducted formal consultation activities with stakeholder and Indigenous groups as part of the permitting process.
The public comment period for the proposed project has now closed. The applicant conducted a second public comment period on the proposed project from May 29 to July 6, 2020. Summit Earthworks held two digital public consultations (using Zoom technology) on June 23 and June 25, 2020.
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s response to public engagement during COVID-19:
In support of the federal government’s guidance to practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the port authority has asked all applicants to transition to remote and digital engagement and information sharing in lieu of holding in-person meetings, workshops, or information sessions.
The public engagement period for Category C projects has also been extended from 20-business days to 25-business days to accommodate additional participation. Applicants are required to align with port authority’s new COVID-19 public engagement requirements, which require additional promotion and the need to enable participation from traditional channels such as phone or email.
The summary of the consultation and consideration report of how feedback was considered has been posted below and on the applicant’s website. The port authority will consider all feedback received from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project.
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.
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 would be encouraged to route via Annacis Industrial area, and 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 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 and a compacted gravel area
- 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
- 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.
Marine operations technical memo
August 2018 – Project Permit Application Marine Operations Mitigations Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Studies and reports
Changes to air and noise assessments memo
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air and Noise Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Air assessment comments response memo
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air Assessment Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Geotechnical comments response memo
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Geotechnical Comments Response Memo: Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Derwent Way/Salter Street southbound left-turn assessment traffic memo
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Traffic Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Archaeological Overview Assessment
August 2019 – Project Permit Application Archaeological Overview Assessment: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Received and under review)
Biophysical assessment and vegetation plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Biophysical Assessment and Vegetation Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Construction Environmental Management Plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Construction Environmental Management Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Contingency and spill response plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Contingency and Spill Response Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Stormwater pollution prevention plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Noise assessment screening worksheet
April 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Screening Worksheet: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Public consultation summary and considerations report for the 2020 pubic comment period
October 2020 – Public Consultation Summary and Considerations Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
(Summary and report for May 29 – July 6, 2020 public comment period. Posted October 2020.)
Public consultation summary and considerations report for the 2017 public comment period
May 2019 – Public Consultation Summary and Consideration Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
(Summary and report for May 12 – June 2, 2017 public comment period. Posted August 2019.)
Best management practices for pile driving
October 2019 – Project Permit Application DFO Best Management Practices Pile Driving: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
Structural concrete pouring procedures
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Structural Concrete Procedures: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
For more information about Summit Earthworks’ proposed project, please contact Steve Rosell by email or phone at 604.820.0569.