The aggregate industry is regulated by a number of federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations designed to protect the environment, the community and to protect our aggregate resources for the future. Nelson Aggregate strives to responsibly balance aggregate resource management, while minimizing social and environmental impacts of its operations.
Aggregate operations in most of Ontario have to be licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act. The licensing process is a lengthy and costly process involving extensive testing and evaluation done by both private and government agencies. These studies involve geological, environmental and community interest perspectives and ensure the entire licensing process considers the many variables affected by the excavation and aggregate production process. It also ensures that the project is carried out in the most conscientious and favourable manner to the community and the environment.
An application under the Aggregate Resources Act has to be accompanied by a Site Plan, Summary Statement and Technical Reports. The site plans show the existing features of the site, how the aggregate will be removed over the life of the pit or quarry and how the land will be both progressively and fully rehabilitated. The preparation of the site plan could involve a multidisciplinary team that may include experts in the field of geology, hydro-geology, natural environment, agriculture, archeology, planning, transportation, noise, dust and blasting.
The Site Plan becomes the main tool used by the Ministry of Natural Resources(MNR) to regulate the operation of a pit or quarry. Once the license is issued, the license holder is legally bound to operate the license or permit as described and illustrated on the site plan.
Before any aggregate producer decides to apply for planning approvals and licensing, there are many factors to be considered.
Natural Environment Technical Report
Surface Water Management Report