The Mascouche project is located on a former illegal landfill site. We have rehabilitated the site by removing highly contaminated soil as well as tires, oil barrels and hazardous residual materials.
We receive soil that is less than or equal to the criterion “B” set by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC). All soils are recovered as cover material for the former landfill site. After the final covering of the site, we will proceed to plant multiple different species of trees that will remain in silviculture for the next 25 years.
All work is supervised by an experienced team. All soils are inspected upon receipt and an annual report is sent to the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques.
All land reclamation is subject to a Certificate of Authorization (CA) issued by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and complies with the Environmental Quality Act (LQE) and the Regulation Respecting the Burial of Contaminated Soil (RESC).
Before issuing the necessary authorizations to clients to dispose of their contaminated soils on the Solterra site, we verify the chemical analyses of their soils on their site to ensure compliance.
Once on site, before the final disposal of the contaminated soils, we stack the soils received and resample them. These samples are then sent to an accredited laboratory to cross-check the results transmitted by clients and ensure the conformity of the soils received.
All soils received must be less than or equal to the criterion “B” set by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. We are accredited to dispose of all types of soils within the AB range (IE, hydrocarbons, PAHs, heavy metals, etc.).
A memorandum of understanding has been developed with the city of Mascouche.
Different species of trees will be planted, and the land will remain in silviculture for the next 25 years. All the work is supervised by an agronomist and a forestry engineer. Thereafter, the land will be donated to the city.
The land is an agricultural zone. It was mined as a sandpit and then used as an illegal landfill.
Leaving the land as it was could have led to the contamination of the water table. During the land-remediation phase, we found buried reservoirs that contained hydrocarbons.
We discovered hydrocarbon reservoirs and tar patches that have been managed in accordance with applicable regulations.
There is no danger to watercourses because they are located too far from the site.
Soils are reloaded and redeposited in sites that are authorized to receive them.
We have established a policy of not slamming doors to reduce noise and the site is located far from residences, so the noise does not affect the population.
What are the measures taken by Solterra to minimize its impact on road traffic around the Mascouche site?
In order to avoid dirtying the streets, we equipped ourselves with a basin to wash the wheels of the trucks as they leave the site, which represents an investment of $80,000. To ensure the safety of motorists, we also invested $225,000 in the purchase of a mechanical broom to clean the street, as many trucks travel on Cabane-Ronde Road. We also clean and wet down the roads near the site to control dust.
No, we are subject to a Certificate of Authorization (CA) issued by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques that determines the types of soils a site is authorized to receive.
How does Solterra contribute to the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction objectives?
We operate legally, and all soils are 100% recycled. In addition, planting trees will contribute to the reduction of GHGs because they act as GHG collectors.