|Richard Pucci the City's Director of Operations and
Intergovernmental Relations updated Council members
on some environmental orders from the Federal Government
as part of the Monday council session
Prince Rupert City Council members gained an update on how the Federal Government is viewing their progress towards a long standing period of non compliance on Federal environmental themes.
The City's Director of Operations and Intergovernmental Relations provided Council with the details of how the City's wastewater has been on the radar for the Federal Government for over a decade.
With Richard Pucci providing for the narrative towards where the city is and where it hopes to go in the future.
"As Council is aware, we have a long history of non compliance in the area of liquid waste. However, staff have been working in concert with the Federal and Provincial Government over the past decade to really get a plan together for us to move forward with sewer treatment.
We have been working obviously on our wetland treatment system which is an innovative and green solution, climate change adaptation is a big thing and sustainability and we want to make sure that we're doing the right type of processing to move us forward into the 21st century.
So we're very pleased with that and so is the province and Federal government" -- Director of Operations Richard Pucci
While the City looks to the future and their innovative system under development with hopes of success, the present is providing for some immediate attention as Mr. Pucci outlined in his report to Council.
"However, we do have a directive and this directive is a legal order and that Council needs to be aware that they have to adopt it by resolution. Upon resolution, staff will facilitate the conditions that are outlined in that order as they are seen in the package.
And if we do not comply with that order there could fined levied against the city over the years between now and 2030." -- Director of Operations Richard Pucci
The Director of Operations did not specify the orders in the public session, though the report from Environment and Climate Change Canada (available through the Council Agenda package starting on page 20 ) does provide the background to what has caught their attention and the measures that the Federal agency expects the city to take and amount of the fines noted by Mr. Pucci should the city fail to take action.
The focus for the agency is the volume of untreated effluent that is deposited into Prince Rupert harbour, as well as some of the history of past written warnings related to the concerns that Environment and Climate Change Canada had.
As for the measures to be taken, the orders for the city to follow begin this month. With the agency noting of the city's pilot project as part of their considerations.
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