The Monitoring Committee, which is composed of several members of the CMEI Board, works to fulfill the mandate of CMEI as an independent community-based committee dedicated to scrutinizing the operations of the Crane Mountain Landfill.
The purpose of this independent surveillance of the landfill is to ensure that the landfill is operating in compliance with the provincial and federal Clean Environment, Clean Air, Clean Water and Health Acts as well as its Approval to Operate. The Committee reviews reports and data to ensure that adequate systems are in place to protect against contamination of surface water, ground water, air, and domestic wells, and to see if sufficient testing and analysis are being performed.The Monitoring Committee also responds to ideas and concerns of the public about the landfill and brings these to the attention of the Waste Commission.
In order to do its work responsibly, the Committee has sought expert advice concerning the operation of the landfill. In 2005, the Monitoring Committee initiated an Independent External Review of the Crane Mountain landfill by ADI, an award-winning Atlantic Canadian environmental engineering company. This Review has served as a basis for ongoing monitoring of the landfill. In 2007, Craig HydroGeologic was engaged to analyze the Waste Commission’s responses to that review, and the Monitoring Committee made several proposals to the Waste Commission based on the recommendations of Craig and ADI.
In 2008, the Committee initiated a follow-up Review by ADI, which has been completed and was presented to the FRSWC and community leadership on Nov. 17, 2009. This review has lead to further recommendations for the Commission and includes suggestions for future monitoring by CMEI.
Finally, for a number of years, the Monitoring Committee has authorized aerial photographs to be taken of the landfill site at six-month intervals. This program, the cost of which is shared with the Waste Commission, is another way of scrutinizing the development of the landfill.