• City of Richmond v. Regional Waste Manager

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    Metalex Products Ltd., Permit Holder


    Decision Date: March 26, 1999

    Panel: Toby Vigod

    Keywords: Waste Management Act – s. 10(1)

    The City of Richmond (“the City”) appealed a decision of the Regional Waste Manager to issue an amended permit to Metalex Products Ltd. (“Metalex”), allowing Metalex to store up to 4,000 litres of Waste Type 81 (spent pickle liquor) at its Richmond facility. The City appealed on the grounds that its Fire-Rescue Department did not have the specialized chemical protective clothing to handle a spill of Waste Type 81, should one occur at the Metalex facility.

    The Panel found that the decision of the Regional Waste Manager to issue the permit was reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances. When the City and the Fire Department had been consulted prior to the issuance of the permit, the City had indicated that its concerns had been addressed, and the Fire-Rescue Department provided no comment at all. The Panel found that the Regional Waste Manager had assessed Metalex’s operations to ensure the environment was protected and the Fire-Rescue Department had offered no evidence to the Panel in support of its concerns. The appeal was dismissed.