|Client:||Matrix North American Construction|
|Biggest Hurdle:||The EMP provided for special requirements for construction activities while working in and adjacent to waterways such as Lake Ontario and small feeder creeks and for the management of groundwater and surface water infiltration.|
XCG was retained by Matrix NAC to provide a Site Specific Environmental Management Plan (Environment, Traffic, Ecological, Archaeological) for the Napanee Generating Station (NGS). NGS is a new 970 MW (output at average ambient temperature) natural gas-fired combined cycle combustion turbine power plant with triple pressure, single reheat, supplementary fired heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) located adjacent to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Lennox Generating Station (LGS) on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in a rural part of the Town of Greater Napanee, Ontario. The Work Site is 38 hectares (95 acres). The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) provides information, procedures, and work practices necessary to address the specific items listed in the Environmental Permit Summary Report. These include:
• Work Impacting Highway 33;
• Traffic Impact;
• Construction Dust and Noise Control;
• Construction Vehicle Emissions;
• Soil Erosion, Sediment Control, and Storm Water Sediment Control;
• Spill Response;
• Loss of Vegetation Communities and Associated Wildlife Habitat;
• Loss of Snake Hibernacula;
• Disturbance of Nesting Birds;
• Disturbance to Wildlife Due to Construction Noise and Blasting;
• Disturbance of Habitat for Endangered Species;
• Disturbance to Residents Due to Construction and Blasting;
• Impacts to Fish and Fish Habitat;
• Community Awareness of Construction Activities;
• Wetland Loss;
• Disruption of Landscape Connectivity for Wildlife Movement;
• Complaints Due to Construction Activities.
In addition, the EMP provided for special requirements for construction activities while working in and adjacent to waterways such as Lake Ontario and small feeder creeks and for the management of groundwater and surface water infiltration.
XCG staff were onsite daily to inspect all environmentally sensitive areas as defined in the EMP and report findings to the project manager through a daily EMP Checklist and Permit to Take Water Checklist. This involved at a minimum inspecting defined drainage paths, silt fencing, surface water discharges, and natural habitats of animals and flora and fauna. In addition, XCG responded to the discovery of any species that required identification and determination if any special precautions or relocations were required. There was a riparian buffer zone that ran throughout this site, and XCG ensured that this area remained protected and free of any construction activity infringing on the wildlife corridor. Grubbing activities were supervised by XCG and nests were monitored during blasting activities. Mud mats were inspected and roadways were monitored for any evidence of steel tracked equipment travelling across them. In addition, there was an archaeologically significant area present on site, and earth-moving activities were monitored in this area to ensure that an archaeologist was present.
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