Union Bay Residence told discharge of waste not a negotiation

email from; Melanie Mamoser, P.Ag., M.A., B.Sc. Sr. Environmental Protection Officer, Municipal Liquid WasteAuthorizations – South : Regional Operations Branch : Environmental Protection Division Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

There is no formal public consultation process for registrations under regulations such as the Municipal Wastewater Regulation (MWR). Unlike other authorizations under the Environmental Management that set site and operation specific requirements, regulations outline a set of requirements that if followed allows an applicant to discharge waste. It is not a negotiation; it sets the rules that must be followed. As such, the registration process involves a comprehensive review of an application for compliance with the regulation including a review of an Environmental Impact Study to verify the discharge will not adversely affect public health or the receiving environment.

I would invite you to contact Kensington Union Bay Properties GP LTD at info@unionbayestates.com for additional details on their proposed discharge and to enquire about the information in their Environmental Impact Study.

From another landowner;

The CVRD is aware that Union Bay Estates is proceeding with an application for registration under the Municipal Wastewater Regulation (MWR) for a seasonal discharge of treated effluent to Hart Creek. 

The discharge of treated effluent to the environment is regulated by the Province of British Columbia under the MWR. The MWR registration process does not provide opportunity for regional district input however, First Nations referral is required as noted in the response below. 

The CVRD is currently reviewing the developers proposed method of treatment and discharge for compliance with the Master Development Agreement. The MDA and information on current site activities can be found on our website at the following link: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/projects-initiatives/past-current-projects/union-bay-estates (also provided below).

Darry Monteith Manager of Liquid Waste Planning

From another Union Bay Landowner and resident; email sent to them s a reply from; Melanie Mamoser, P.Ag., M.A., B.Sc. Sr. Environmental Protection Officer

I added bold font….

I’ve been asked to follow-up with you regarding your email below.

The province has received a final application package from Kensington Union Bay Properties GP Limited for registration under the Municipal Wastewater Regulation of the Environmental Management Act. Unlike other authorizations under the Environmental Management that set site and operation specific requirements, regulations outline a set of requirements that if followed allows an applicant to discharge waste. It is not a negotiation; it sets the rules that must be followed. As such, the registration process involves a comprehensive review of an application for compliance with the regulation including a review of an Environmental Impact Study to verify the discharge will not adversely affect public health or the receiving environment.

The review and decision phase takes up to 10 months to complete. We received the final application package on November 11, 2019, so we are just beginning our review process. In addition to myself, a professional biologist with the province will be reviewing the file.

If you have any specific questions about the propose, I would invite you to contact Kensington Union Bay Properties GP LTD at info@unionbayestates.com for additional details on their proposed discharge and to enquire about the information in their Environmental Impact Study.

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