Disposal at sea permit ATL-00101-1

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Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 127 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), disposal at sea permit no. ATL-00101-1 authorizing the loading for disposal and the disposal of waste or other matter is approved. The permit is published on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

1. Permittee: Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited, New Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador.

2. Waste or other matter to be disposed of: uncontaminated organic matter of natural origin.

2.1. Nature of waste or other matter: wild-caught lobster carcasses consisting of flesh, skin, entrails, shells and associated organic wastes.

2.2. Origin of waste and other matter: waste from Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited’s lobster holding facility, located at New Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador.

3. Duration of permit: permit is valid from April 28, 2020, to April 27, 2021.

4. Reference documents:

  1. New Harbour Fish Waste Disposal Site

  2. Notification Form - Beginning of Disposal Activities

  3. Final Disposal Report for Fish Waste

5. Loading site(s): New Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, at approximately 47.58747° N, 53.55082° W North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).

6. Disposal site(s): New Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, within a 250-metre radius of 47.61667° N, 53.60000° W (NAD83), at an approximate depth of 130 metres, as described in the figure identified in paragraph 4a.

7. Method of loading, storage and transit:

7.1. The permittee shall ensure that the waste is loaded onto floating equipment complying with all applicable rules regarding safety and navigation and that this equipment is capable of containing all waste cargo during loading and transit to the approved disposal site.

7.2. The permittee shall ensure that an effective method is employed to prevent access to waste by gulls and other marine birds, such as use of netting or sealed containers, except during direct loading or disposal of the waste.

7.3. The permittee shall ensure that waste loaded for the purpose of disposal at sea is not held for more than 96 hours from the commencement of loading without the written consent of an enforcement officer designated pursuant to subsection 217(1) of CEPA.

7.4. The permittee shall ensure that the loading, storage and transit are completed in a manner that prevents waste from being spilled.

7.5. The permittee shall recover any waste spilled during loading, storage and transit.

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

9. Method of disposal: the permittee shall ensure that the waste to be disposed of is discharged from the equipment or ship while steaming within the disposal site boundaries and in a manner that will promote dispersion.

10. Total quantity to be disposed of: not to exceed 100 tonnes.

11. Inspection and contractors:

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

11.2. 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.

12. Reporting and notification:

12.1. The permittee shall use the reference document identified in paragraph 4b to provide the following information at least 48 hours before loading and disposal activities commence: type of vessel used to carry out the loading and/or disposal, corporate and on-site contact information for the responsible entity carrying out the work, and expected period of loading and disposal activities. The above-noted information shall be submitted to:

  1. Ms. Natasha Boyd
    Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
    Department of the Environment
    Atlantic Region
    6 Bruce St
    Mount Pearl NL  A1N 4T3

    Email: natasha.boyd@canada.ca

  2. Ms. Meghan Munn
    Environmental Enforcement Directorate
    Department of the Environment
    Atlantic Region
    6 Bruce St
    Mount Pearl NL  A1N 4T3

    Email: meghan.munn@canada.ca

12.2. The permittee shall use the reference document identified in paragraph 4c to submit a written report to the minister, as represented by the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate, Atlantic Region, care of Natasha Boyd, as identified in paragraph 12.1a, within 30 days after the expiry of the permit. This report shall contain the following information: the type and quantity of waste disposed of at the disposal site(s) and the dates on which each disposal activity occurred.

12.3. 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 vessels directly engaged in the loading and disposal operations.

Jeffrey L. Corkum
Regional Director
Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
Atlantic Region

On behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Signed on April 16, 2020

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