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Environmental Assessment


Temporary Material Staging Facility Project


On 30 January 2024, Irving Shipbuilding Inc registered the Temporary Material Staging Facility Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc (ISI) is proposing to construct a short-term material sorting and dewatering of dredged material from the Halifax Harbour to facilitate disposal at an appropriate offsite facility. These planned activities will occur within a bermed area underlain with a geomembrane liner for the temporary containment of dredged sediments and elutriate water produced from dewatering.

Project activities include receiving materials at the TMSF via scow or barge from the ISI Land Level Expansion Project, which will be unloaded into the TMSF. Within the TMSF, the dredged material will be screened to remove large debris and C&D material. The screened and sorted materials will then be stockpiled within the bermed management area to allow for dewatering prior to final transport and disposal via truck to a provincially licensed waste facility.

Water that collects in the TMSF will be collected in a sump and pumped as required into a small water containment area for eventual discharge into the Halifax Harbour provided water quality monitoring results are within the acceptable parameters. If the water is identified as not meeting the discharge water quality objectives, it will be transferred to a provincially licensed wastewater treatment facility for further treatment, or a temporary onsite treatment skid will be installed.

Minister's Decision

On 20 March 2024, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change released a decision (PDF) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act. The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditions (PDF)

Project Documents


Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Registration were accepted until 29 February 2024.

All comments received from the public consultation will be posted on the department's website for public viewing. In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website.