Disposal at sea permit 4543-2-04456-01, renewal

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[Amendment(s): March 17, 2020; May 12, 2020]

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 127 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the renewal of disposal at sea permit no. 4543-2-04456 authorizing the loading for disposal and the disposal of waste or other matter at sea is approved for the first time out of an eligible four renewals as permit no. 4543-2-04456-01. The renewal is published in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

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 March 15, 2020, to March 14, 2021.

3.1. The loading and disposal at sea activities are restricted to the following periods: from March 15, 2020 to April 15, 2020, from May 16, 2020 to July 15, 2020, and from August 11, 2020, to March 14, 2021. The permittee may modify the duration of the restriction periods with the written approval of the Department of the Environment.

4. Reference documents:

  1. Annex 1 of the document titled “Addenda - Évaluation des effets environnementaux - Point-Basse - Dragage d’entretien au havre de pêche, 2020” (December 2019)

Documents must be kept at all times at the loading site(s) and on any vessel directly involved in the loading and disposal operations. The document listed above is available upon request by sending a written request to the following email address: ec.immersionenmerqc-disposalatseaqc.ec@canada.ca.

5. Loading site(s): Pointe-Basse Harbour, Quebec, 47.38935° N, 61.79119° W North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83), with the exception of the zone of exclusion as described in Annex 1 identified in paragraph 4a.

6. Disposal site(s):

  1. PBCM-1, 47.36650° N, 61.79967° W (NAD83), the disposal site is located approximately 2.6 km south of the loading site

  2. Pointe-Basse Channel, 47.38935° N, 61.79119° W (NAD83)

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

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

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

10. Total quantity to be disposed of: not to exceed 14 000 cubic metres, place measure.

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

12. Inspection:

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

12.2. 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.

13. Contractors:

13.1. 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.

13.2. 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.

14. Reporting and notification:

14.1. 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
Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
Department of the Environment
Quebec Region
105 McGill St 4th Floor
Montreal QC  H2Y 2E7

Fax: 514-496-6982
Email: ec.immersionenmerqc-disposalatseaqc.ec@canada.ca

14.2. 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.

14.3. 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 a day of the departure times entered in the register. The permittee must record these communications in the register mentioned in the previous paragraph.

14.4. The permittee shall submit a written report to the minister, as represented by the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate, Quebec Region, as identified in paragraph 14.1, 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 sites 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.

14.5. 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.

Isabelle Goulet
Regional Director
Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
Quebec Region

On behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Signed on January 13, 2020

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