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Disposal at sea permit No. 4543-2-04438

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 127 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), Disposal at Sea Permit No. 4543-2-04438 authorizing the loading for disposal and the disposal of waste or other matter at sea is approved. The permit is published on the CEPA Registry on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

1. Permittee: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Québec, Quebec.

2. Waste or other matter to be disposed of: Dredged material.

2.1. Nature of waste or other matter: Dredged material consisting of gravel, sand, silt, clay and colloids.

3. Duration of permit: Permit is valid from July 8, 2016, to May 15, 2017.

3.1. The loading activities are restricted to the followings periods: from July 8 to August 15, 2016, and from October 11, 2016, to May 15, 2017. The Permittee may modify the duration of the restriction periods with the written approval of the Department of the Environment.

3.2. The disposal at sea activities are restricted to the following periods: from July 8 to September 15, 2016, and from October 11, 2016, to May 15, 2017. The Permittee may modify the duration of the restriction periods with the written approval of the Department of the Environment.

4. Loading site(s): Shigawake Harbour, Quebec, 48.09184° N, 65.07189° W North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83), with the exception of the zone of exclusion described in the document titled « Zone d’exclusion pour l’immersion au Havre de Shigawake, Gaspésie, 2016 ». This document shall be available at the loading site and on all powered ships directly engaged in the loading and disposal operations.

5. Disposal site(s):

  1. SG-2, 48.04500° N, 65.08333° W (NAD83). The disposal site is located approximately 4.8 km southwest of the loading site.

  2. Shigawake Channel, 48.09184° N, 65.07189° W (NAD83).

6. Method of loading: Dredging will be carried out using a clamshell dredge, a hydraulic shovel or a hydraulic dredge.

7. Route to disposal site(s) and method of transport: Most direct navigational route from the loading site to the disposal site via towed scow.

8. Method of disposal: Disposal will be carried out by bottom dumping, and levelling of the seabed by a steel beam, a scraper blade or a hydraulic shovel.

9. Total quantity to be disposed of: Not to exceed 4000 cubic metres, place measure.

10. Fees: The fee prescribed by the Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulations shall be paid by the Permittee in accordance with those regulations.

11. Inspection:

11.1. By accepting this permit, the Permittee and its contractors accept that they are subject to inspection pursuant to Part 10 of CEPA 1999.

11.2. The Permittee shall ensure that records of all loading and disposal activities are kept on site for the duration of the permit and are available for inspection by any enforcement officer or analyst, for two years following the expiry of the permit.

12. Contractors:

12.1. The loading or disposal at sea referred to under this permit shall not be carried out by any person without written authorization from the Permittee.

12.2. The Permittee shall ensure that all persons involved in the loading, transport or disposal activities authorized by this permit conduct these activities in accordance with the relevant permit conditions.

13. Reporting and notification:

13.1. The Permittee shall provide the following information at least 48 hours before loading and disposal activities commence: name or number of ship, platform or structure used to carry out the loading and/or disposal, name of the contractor including corporate and on-site contact information, and expected period of loading and disposal activities. The above-noted information shall be submitted to the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate, Department of the Environment, Quebec Region, 105 McGill Street, 4th floor, Montréal QC  H2Y 2E7, 514-496-6982 (fax), immersion.dpe@ec.gc.ca (email).

13.2. The Permittee must complete the Register of Disposal at Sea Operations as provided by the Department of the Environment. This register must, at all times, be kept aboard any vessel involved with the disposal operations and be accessible to enforcement officers designated under CEPA 1999.

13.3. The Permittee must keep a written register of the time of departure of the vessel to the disposal site and advise the Canadian Coast Guard station once per day of the departure times entered in the register. The Permittee must record these communications in the register mentioned in the previous paragraph.

13.4. The Permittee shall submit a written report to the Minister, as represented by the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate, Quebec Region, identified in paragraph 13.1, within 30 days after the expiry of the permit. This report shall contain the following information: a list of all work completed pursuant to the permit, including the names of the loading and disposal site(s) used, the quantity of matter disposed of at the disposal site(s), the dates on which disposal activities occurred and the Register of Disposal at Sea Operations.

13.5. At all times, a copy of this permit and of documents and drawings referenced in this permit shall be available at the loading site and on all powered ships directly engaged in the loading and disposal operations.

Alain Gosselin
Regional Director
Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
Quebec Region

On behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Signed on February 10, 2016

 

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