Feedback sought on BT dump

The public has three weeks to respond to the findings of a draft environmental impact study into the proposed new dump in Bodden Town. 

The government this week made public an environmental study into the proposed waste management site in Midland Acres in Bodden Town. Two public open houses and presentations will be held next week in Bodden Town and George Town to present the study and offer the public a chance to give feedback.  

The deadline for comment on the study is Monday, 29 April. 

The draft environmental study, produced by consultants Cardno ENTRIX and paid for by Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. is a report of the environmental impact assessment process and, according to an advertisement posted in the local media by the government Monday, “provides a technical based evaluation of potential environmental impacts that maybe expected as a result of the proposed [waste management facility] construction and operation”. 

Cardno ENTRIX has already provided the draft environmental statement to the Environmental Advisory Board for comment. Representatives from that board, Cardno and Dart Realty will present findings at the public meetings. 

According to the report from consultants, there are no major environmental impacts anticipated from the construction or operation of the proposed project, apart from the potential for odour from the dump site, depending on weather conditions such as stagnant winds and low barometric pressure. 

The consultants said the operations plan for the project includes measures like daily cover and landfill gas control to minimise the chances of the site emitting unpleasant smells. 

The 336-page report addresses several issues about which environmental concerns have been raised, including potential for leaching into the North Sound, the impact on the mangroves and the fishery nurseries they support, impact on water quality in the area and the impact on local wildlife. The findings, based on the design and operational procedures proposed for the facility, indicate that there will be no significant impact in these areas of concern. 

Part of the summary of the report reads: “Residual impacts anticipated were limited to intermittent odour issues that may occur based on weather conditions, an increase in noise levels along Bodden Town Road in proximity to the project, and minor (non-measurable) impacts from storm water discharges. In consideration of residual odour control, the phasing of landfill construction is proposed to occur in a south to north progression. This phasing of construction will decrease the potential for odour impacts over time, as the distance between active landfill cells and existing development increases.” 

The report states that, as designed, the proposed basal liner at the site “will prevent leachate from coming into contact with groundwater in the vicinity of the site. The liner facilitates the collection of the leachate for conveyance to an on-site treatment and disposal system. Storm water runoff generated on-site is proposed to be collected within swales and sediment forebays prior to discharge into retention basins located along the perimeter of the project”. 

It continues that an operations plan has been developed that includes “industry-standard measures to further reduce the potential for pollutants to migrate to off-site waters”. 

The consultants found that from a human health perspective, the potential for the project to impact nearby potable water supplies does not exist.  

The report points out that with respect to ecological resources, the proposed site is within the southeastern fringe of an 8,500-acre mangrove system, that is connected to North Sound to the west.  

“Salinity measurements demonstrated that there is little hydrologic connectivity between the wetlands on the site and North Sound. Therefore, the loss of the wetlands on the site is not anticipated to have an impact on local fisheries (e.g. loss of nursery habitat). The project proposes to remove a small portion (less than 1 per cent) of the largest remaining native habitat on Grand Cayman. Therefore, it is not anticipated that the loss of habitat will result in significant issues relative to biodiversity or sustainability of wetland habitat in the region,” the report states. 

It continued that the project is not anticipated to impact wildlife within the wetlands surrounding the site and that no protected wildlife had been observed at the site. 

Noise pollution may arise from the waste facility, but the consultants stated that as the site is adjacent to two operating quarries, noise and vibration from those already exist for nearby residents and the dump site is not anticipated to significantly increase noise levels during construction or operation.  

The assessment also did not identify that there would be significant air quality issues, for example, emissions and dust, that would affect human health. 

An open house from 5pm to 9pm, with presentations starting at 7pm, will be held at the Bodden Town Civic Centre on Wednesday, 17 April, and at Elmslie Memorial United Church in George Town on Thursday, 18 April.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. My question regarding the Bodden Town dump, is I have been reading and listening for the past year hoping someone would come up with a better solution than is being proposed by Dart. Or should I continue to see this as a political football? If every body is saying NOT IN MY BACK YARD, THEN WHERE ARE THEY COING TO PUT THIS DUMP?
    Every one has an answer with no solution.

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  2. Hunter, I think what’s going on here is that a lot of people have great ideas, and we all know that there are better solutions available. However it seems like Dart is the only one that’s willing to put his money where his mouth is. I see a lot of folks saying why doesn’t he just fix it and leave it where it is, but what people need to understand is that he’s offering this solution because he sick of seeing it the way it is. After all, It’s not like he’s responsible for it, he is basically saying hey I will help you with an issue that you can’t seem to fix but this is what I want in return. Cayman gets a new location for a waste facility and a fresh start to handle their garbage issues and Dart gets a better view from Camana Bay. Also another point is that he will still have to deal with the future costs of remediating the GT landfill which won’t be cheap. He won’t be able to just cover it and forget about it. What the CIG does with the new site will be their responsibility, if this deal goes through people should really make sure they are doing it right from the get go, and this will have to start in every household. Or else yes it will turn into another Mount Trashmore.

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  3. 2010 – Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Comprehensive Solid Waste Disposal Management and
    Waste-to-Energy Facility (CSWDM WTEF)
    The CIG released its RFP for a Comprehensive Solid Waste Disposal Management Facility and Wasteto-
    Energy Facility (CSWDM WTEF) on October 5, 2010. The RFP was written to include a WTE
    facility as a requirement. The RFP outlined that GTLF was the preferred location for the project, but
    options for other sites could be considered. The RFP also included that mining of the existing GTLF was
    an option. Submissions were accepted in early December 2010 and a preferred bidder; Wheelabrator
    was announced December 23, 2010. The CIG did not pursue negotiations with Wheelabrator

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  4. NJ2Cay and Hunter,

    There is a company on island ready to put a gasification plant at the dump site. It is private investor funded. Part of the Cayman Enterprise Centre, WATs is run by a Cayman resident, Mrs. C Womack. WATs Would produce electricity from Syngas, which is created by super heating all manner of garbage, in an O2 deprived environment. By products of this process are a vitreous aggregate material and clean burning syngas. No harmful air emissions. No toxic ash residue.

    Gasification is a very clean way to deal with waste.

    Another (part time) Cayman resident, P. Moayedi is Chairman of UK based Advanced Plasma Power, APP is a plasma gasification plant operator. The ultimate in clean waste management, Plasma Gasification should be Cayman’s end goal. Plasma torches and the related equipment are expensive, but appear to handle all manner of feed stock. Among several projects, APP is mining an older dump in Belgium.

    It is possible NOW to have a scaleable W2E plant on the GTLF site, to take in the current waste stream, extract valuable recyclables (metals), stop the use of the landfill as such, and to start mining the existing dump, carefully.

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  5. Coyote, I am sorry to say but the proposal you are making appears mumbojumbo. What I would like to know is what kind of a social impact it will make on the local residents or either how will impact the economy of the Bodden Town District, and What proof that the proposition you are referring to will achieve a Low Carbon Climate Resilient. Mrs Womack and Moayedi and Dart are all Cayman residents and private investors. And I think it is all called competition, for the best. I am still going to put my money where my mouth is on Darts proposal. My reason for this is because I have seen things he has done, and they were all done very good, with Caymanians and visitors enjoying them. Just to name a few. The new West Bay road is unbelievable, I just can imagine when it is finished how it will look. Right now it does not even look like the Old dilapidated area I was accustomed to, and I believe we will have one of the most beautiful public beaches in the world. So why should I not trust that he will do an excellent job with the proposal up there in Bodden Town.

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  6. Let’s see what the next government comes up with, All the talk is that this whole BT dump thing was all Bushes doing and he was ignoring all the other options that were on the plate which wouldn’t cost anything. I guess time will tell. All of these great options that exist will surely be on the plate after the election..

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