Survey of Existing Facilities to Determine Significant Issues Influencing the Planning Process for the Siting of a Hazardous Waste Managment Facility in Canada

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management


Environmental Policy And Management


James Stewart


Canada; Facilty; Hazardous; Hazardous waste sites -- Canada -- Case studies; Hazardous waste sites -- Canada -- Planning; Hazardous waste sites -- Location -- Canada; Hazardous waste sites -- Location -- Law and legislation -- Canada; Issues; Nadeau; Public; Shield; Siting; Waste


Canada is experiencing an increased demand for the safe handling and disposal of hazardous waste. This study was undertaken to accomplish a two fold purpose: firstly, to understand of the present hazardous waste siting situations within Canada; and secondly, to produce a set of criteria as facility siting guidelines. The areas examined within this study include: Geological; Hydro-geological; Environmental; Land-Use; Social/Cultural; Legislative/Regulatory; Competitive; Transportation; Insurance; and, Geographical. In order to obtain the data for this research paper, a Canadian wide industry survey involving eight provinces was carried out. The response rate was seventy-two percent. It was found that the facility siting criteria fell into three distinct groupings. 1. Issues that are common to all locations; 2. Issues that are common primarily to the eastern provinces consisting of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to the western provinces consisting of British Columbia, Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba; and, 3. Issues that related specifically to the individual provinces. As a result of this study, the criteria for hazardous waste management facility siting were successfully developed. This newly developed tool will be valuable as a guideline to assist in the development of new companies and the expansion of existing facilities.

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