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SECTION 21

RAV PROJECT COMMITMENTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND ASSURANCES

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RAV Project Commitments, Responsibilities and Assurances

This section provides a comprehensive consolidation and summary of all known commitments, responsibilities and assurances given by RAVCo and the Concessionaire to be fulfilled at various points following receipt of the BCCEA/CEAA Approval for the RAV Project. To the extent possible, we have incorporated the results of recent discussions with involved Federal, Provincial and Municipal agencies, the BCEAO, and CEAA Responsible Authorities, the findings of all pertinent RAV Project investigations and studies, and any recommendations regarding project design which are intended to avoid, mitigate or compensate for potential adverse impacts. Table 21.1 RAV Project Commitments, Responsibilities and Assurances for Project Construction Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire Agency Submittal Required? Residual Effects Follow-up

No. Commitments, Responsibilities and Assurances ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN (EMP)


The EMP to be developed by the Concessionaire will be implemented to ensure that the Project is designed, constructed and managed in a manner that satisfies the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) obtained by RAVCo.

Overseen By

Activity Period

Submission Date to RAVCo

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Guiding document throughout construction

To be determined (TBD)

Prior to EAC Application approval

Not Applicable (N/A)

Prior to commencement of construction, the Concessionaire will submit an EMP for review and approval by RAVCo. The Plan will address all requirements set out in the Concession Agreement to the satisfaction of RAVCo. Throughout construction, the Concessionaire and RAVCo will be guided by the intent of the EMP and will adhere to all applicable legislation and best construction management practices. RAVCo/ Concessionaire Guiding document throughout construction Yes/For information Prior to EAC Application approval N/A

The Concessionaire will retain an Environmental Inspector who will be responsible for ensuring that specified environmental measures set out in the EMP are adhered to throughout project construction.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

1.

Concessionaires EMP The Concessionaire will adhere to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, as well as the CEMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals. a) Prior to commencement of the Work, the Concessionaire will submit the following to RAVCo: Qualifications of Environmental Inspector, frequency of compliance monitoring, role and responsibilities of the Inspector and schedule for reporting of activities. A Surface Water Quality and Sediment Control Plan

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Prior to and throughout construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo

Prior to construction

No

N/A

N/A

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A Contaminated Sites Management Plan A Hazardous Waste Management Plan A Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan A Solid Waste Management Plan An Air Quality and Dust Control Plan A Noise Management Plan A Landscape Design and Restoration Plan An Archaeological Monitoring Plan An Environmental Education and Awareness Plan An Operations Environmental Management Plan

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal Required?

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up

b) Prior to commencement of construction, the Concessionaire will also submit a Construction Management Plan and a Traffic Management Plan to RAVCo. c) Prior to commencement of the Work, the Concessionaire, RAVCo and contractor representatives will attend an Environmental Education and Awareness Program to be provided by the Concessionaire. 2. Environmental Inspection Program An Environmental Inspection Program to be undertaken by the Concessionaire and RAVCo forms part of the EMP and will include the following: a) Overall inspection of all construction-related environmental activities for the duration of the project. b) Assessment of Concessionaire adherence to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP, and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals. c) Ensuring that the Concessionaire retains and utilizes the services of an experienced Environmental Inspector, as set out in the EMP. d) Provision of compliance monitoring and reporting to RAVCo and Relevant Authorities according to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals. X X X

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Prior to construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Prior to construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

TBD

Prior to construction

N/A

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire X RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

Construction

If required

TBD

TBD

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e) Maintenance of an environmental inspection log during construction.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire


X

Overseen By
RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Activity Period
Construction

Agency Submittal Required?


No

Submission Date to RAVCo


TBD

Residual Effects Follow-up


TBD

f) Ongoing discussions with the Concessionaire regarding project planning, design, and siting to ensure that, from inception to completion, the RAV Project proceeds in a manner that avoids or minimizes adverse environmental impacts. g) Education of the Concessionaire, contractors and staff according to the

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

TBD

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

Concessionaires Environmental Education and Awareness Plan. h) Environmental management and liaison involving RAVCo, the Concessionaire, regulatory agencies, specialist consultants, contractors, construction crews and the public. 3. Environmental Inspector An Environmental Inspector will be retained by the Concessionaire to assist in ensuring that all construction activities are conducted in adherence with the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, as well as any other applicable permits, licences and approvals. The Environmental Inspectors responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: a) Ensuring adherence to the EMP, Contract Specifications, EAC terms and conditions, and all other relevant legislation, authorizations, licences, permits and approvals. b) Providing on-site compliance monitoring as directed by RAVCo and provided for in the Concessionaires EMP. c) Providing information to the Concessionaire that is necessary to complete the Concessionaires EMP. d) Providing on-site environmental protection and awareness training to the Concessionaire, contractor personnel and RAVCo representatives. X X X X X X

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Prior to and throughout construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire RAVCo/ Concessionaire RAVCo/ Concessionaire RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

TBD

TBD

Construction

No

N/A

TBD

Construction

No

N/A

TBD

Construction

No

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e) Conducting liaison with the RAVCo Environmental Manager, engineering field staff and Relevant Authorities. f) Issuing stop work directives to the Concessionaire in the event that any Concessionaire activities have the potential to cause or are causing environmental degradation. g) Submitting monitoring records for RAVCo and Relevant Authorities, when applicable.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire X

Overseen By
RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Activity Period
Construction

Agency Submittal Required?


No

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up

RAVCo / Concessionaire RAVCo / Concessionaire

When necessary during construction

Yes

At time of incident

No

Construction

TBD

TBD

TBD

GENERAL DESIGN PARAMETERS 4.


Aquatic Environment General Design Parameters Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat The Concessionaire will be responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any applicable permits, licences and approvals related to protection of fisheries and aquatic resources (e.g., Section 35(2) Authorizations under the Federal Fisheries Act). X RAVCo/ Concessionaire Project planning and design Yes Prior to construction N/A

5.

Terrestrial Environment a) General Design Parameters Protection of Soil and Vegetation The Concessionaire will be responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any applicable permits, licences and approvals related to protection of soil and vegetation resources. Specific measures to be addressed in this regard include, but are not limited to: Prior to construction, vegetation to be retained during construction will be identified, and necessary measures will be taken on-site to ensure vegetation protection.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Project planning, design and construction

TBD

Prior to construction

N/A

Soils removed from a work location will be stored for reclamation use and
protected from erosional losses and potential siltation of watercourses.

Surplus soil will be disposed of in an acceptable manner.


b) General Design Parameters Revegetation Based on final design, the Concessionaire will develop a Landscape Design and Restoration Plan and will submit the Plan to RAVCo for review and approval.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Project planning, design and construction

TBD

Prior to construction

N/A

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Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal Required?

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up

The Plan will identify all expected areas of temporary and permanent vegetation loss (e.g., specific numbers and locations of guideway footings; areas to be disturbed for laydown and storage areas, construction access, stockpiles, etc.) and will describe site-specific measures for reclamation, including but not limited to the following: Stabilization of soils and reestablishment of vegetation upon completion of work at a location. Involvement of qualified professionals (i.e., landscape architect, wildlife biologist, aboriculturalist / horticulturist, etc.) in providing requisite planning advice and onsite direction to ensure reclamation success. Establishment of vegetation in and adjacent to the right-of-way that is compatible with safe operation of the RAV line, particularly as it relates to slope stability and tree hazard control. Subject to discussions with municipal authorities, preference for selection of native species of grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees when re-planting is required along the RAV alignment. Species are to be selected at each location based on their ability to survive site-specific conditions and to afford cover and food for wildlife. Assurance that selected vegetation meets all applicable safety standards and addresses safety standards and concerns for adjacent users. Integration of revegetation plans for habitat replacement with other impact mitigation objectives (e.g., noise reduction/aesthetic enhancement), where feasible and cost-effective. c) Landscape Design and Restoration The Concessionaires Landscape Design and Restoration Plan will also include provision for: Preparation of a detailed post-construction report documenting the mitigation and compensation conducted for review and approval by RAVCo. Post-construction care of planted areas and plant stock for the period of time required to ensure its survival, as identified by qualified professionals. An annual assessment program, including site-specific guidelines, with detail sufficient to demonstrate that criteria for measuring the success of site restoration.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction and operation

TBD

TBD

TBD

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A corrective strategy to be implemented by a qualified aboriculturist/horticulturalist on behalf of the Concessionaire in the event that failure is observed or anticipated in any reclamation, revegetation, mitigation or compensation component.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal Required?

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up

SITE-SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 6.


Commitments Applicable to Fraser River Crossing North Arm RAVCo and the Concessionaire are committed to the following final detailed Issued for Construction (IFC) design and construction specifications for avoidance, mitigation and compensation of impacts, if required, to intertidal and aquatic resources associated with construction of this crossing. Design Final detailed IFC design drawings of proposed habitat compensation works to be submitted to DFO by the Concessionaire as part of the application for a Federal Fisheries Act Section 35(2) Authorization. Construction Adherence to terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement, the EAC and the Federal Fisheries Act Section 35(2) Authorization, including any provisions for longterm monitoring.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Final design through completion of habitat compensation works and post-construction monitoring

Yes

Prior to construction

Postconstruction monitoring

7.

Commitments Applicable to Fraser River Crossing Middle Arm RAVCo and the Concessionaire are committed to the following final IFC design and construction specifications for avoidance, mitigation and compensation of impacts, if required, to intertidal and aquatic resources associated with construction of this crossing, along with the general requirements identified in the EMP. Design Final detailed IFC design drawings of proposed habitat compensation works to be submitted to DFO by the Concessionaire as part of the application for a Federal Fisheries Act Section 35(2) Authorization. Construction Adherence to terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement, the EAC and the Federal Fisheries Act Section 35(2) Authorization, including any provisions for longterm monitoring.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Final design through completion of habitat compensation works and post-construction monitoring

Yes

Prior to construction

Postconstruction monitoring

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Commitments Applicable to Lulu Island and Sea Island Ditches RAVCo and the Concessionaire are committed to implementing measures set out in the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals that relate to the avoidance and/or mitigation of impacts during construction in proximity to the Lulu Island and Sea Island ditches.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal Required?


No

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up


TBD

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Project construction

N/A

9.

Commitments Applicable to Navigation The Concessionaire will apply for a permit under the Navigable Waters Protection Act based on the submission of site-specific, detailed bridge design and construction plans. RAVCo and the Concessionaire will adhere to all terms and conditions set out in the permit.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Final design and construction

Yes

Prior to construction

N/A

10.

Commitments Applicable to Ocean Disposal of Spoil Should any spoils require disposal by ocean dumping, the Concessionaire will apply for and obtain a Disposal at Sea Permit under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. RAVCo and the Concessionaire will adhere to all terms and conditions set out in the permit.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Final design and construction

Yes

Prior to spoils disposal

N/A

11.

Commitments Applicable to Landfill Disposal of Spoil RAVCo and the Concessionaire are committed to implementing measures set out in the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals that relate to the landfill disposal of any spoil materials removed from the project site during the course of construction.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

Yes

Prior to construction

TBD

12.

Commitments Applicable to Management of Contaminated Sites Based on final design and associated geotechnical investigations, the Concessionaire will submit a Contaminated Sites Management Plan to RAVCo for review and approval. The Concessionaire will be responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals related to management of any contaminated sites that occur along the length of the alignment.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

TBD

13.

Commitments Applicable to the Cambie Heritage Boulevard RAVCo and the Concessionaire will adhere to all terms and conditions set out in the Heritage Alteration Permit under City of Vancouver By-Law No. 4837. X X RAVCo/ Concessionaire Final design and construction Yes Prior to construction TBD

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a) RAVCo will obtain Part 1 of the Permit which will allow the Concessionaire to disturb Cambie median for purposes of construction. b) The Concessionaire will obtain Part 2 of the Permit which will be based on the Concessionaires detailed designs and approvals by the City of Vancouver, determining how Cambie Heritage Boulevard will be reconstituted.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire


X

Overseen By
RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Activity Period
Final design and construction

Agency Submittal Required?


Yes

Submission Date to RAVCo


Prior to construction

Residual Effects Follow-up


TBD

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Final design and construction

Yes

Prior to construction

TBD

14.

Commitments Applicable to Trees and Landscaped Areas on Vancouver International Airport Authority (VIAA) Lands During project design and construction on airport lands, RAVCo and the Concessionaire will adhere to all VIAA terms and conditions regarding project effects on existing trees and landscaped areas.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

TBD

Prior to construction

TBD

15.

Commitments Applicable to Effects on Air Quality Prior to commencement of construction, the Concessionaire will submit an Air Quality and Dust Control Plan to RAVCo for review and approval. The Concessionaire will be responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals related to the mitigation of construction-related air quality impacts. Measures to be addressed in the Air Quality and Dust Control Plan will include, but not be limited to implementation of best management practices to minimize combustion source and fugitive dust emissions and impacts.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

Yes

Prior to construction

TBD

16.

Commitments Applicable to Noise Prior to commencement of construction, the Concessionaire will submit a Noise Management Plan to RAVCo for review and approval. The Concessionaire will be responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals related to the mitigation of construction-related noise impacts.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

Yes

Prior to construction

TBD

17.

Commitments Applicable to Effects on Archaeological/Heritage Environment Prior to commencement of construction, the Concessionaire will submit an Archaeological Monitoring Plan to RAVCo for review and approval. The Concessionaire will conduct sitespecific investigations and comply with all requirements of the Archaeological RAVCo/ Concessionaire Construction Yes Prior to construction TBD

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Construction Specifications set out in the Concession Agreement, as well as the approved Archaeological Monitoring Plan and any applicable site-specific standards and procedures, as defined by the RAVCo and/or the Relevant Authorities.

Responsibility RAVCo. Concessionaire

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal Required?

Submission Date to RAVCo

Residual Effects Follow-up

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Commitments Applicable to Consultation with First Nations RAVCo and the Concessionaire will maintain ongoing engagement with First Nations in the project area throughout construction and will attempt to address any project-related issues and concerns that may arise.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Construction

No

N/A

N/A

19.

Commitments Applicable to Public Consultation a) RAVCo, with support from the Concessionaire, will implement a public consultation program during the projects preliminary design phase. b) The Concessionaire, with input from RAVCo, City of Vancouver, City of Richmond and VIAA, will develop and implement a public consultation program during the detailed design phase. c) The Concessionaire will develop and implement a Community Liaison and Notification Program prior to the start of construction.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Design and construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Design and construction

No

N/A

N/A

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Design and construction

No

N/A

N/A

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Commitments Applicable to Effects of the Environment on the Project The Project will be designed to withstand maximum wind conditions for the project area. The Project will be designed to avoid or stabilize areas of potential failure due to saturated soil conditions. Project design will include stabilization of fill slopes, if necessary. The Project will be designed for a 1 in 475 year return period earthquake. The Project will be designed for a 1 in 200 year flood event on the Fraser River.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Design and construction

No

N/A

N/A

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Commitments Applicable to Effects of Accidents and Malfunctions RAVCo and the Concessionaire are committed to implementing measures described in the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP, and any other applicable permits, licences and approvals that relate to the avoidance and mitigation of impacts due to any Accidents and Malfunctions that may arise during construction.

RAVCo/ Concessionaire

Design and construction

No

N/A

N/A

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RAV Project Commitments, Responsibilities and Assurances for Project Operation and Maintenance Responsibility Greater Vancouver Concessionaire Transportation Authority (GVTA) X

No.

Commitments, Responsibilities and Assurances

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal

Submission Date

Residual Effects Follow-up

1.

Operations The Concessionaires Operations Environmental Management Plan (EMP), to be developed during the construction phase of the project, will address all environmental issues applicable to RAV line operations and maintenance. The EMP will include provision for compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, including but not limited to the terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, and any relevant permits, licences and approvals. The RAV line will be operated and controlled from a new Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC), according to standard BC Transit procedures. Maintenance of the RAV line fleet will be conducted at the new OMC. Any power substations will house electrical equipment only and contain no oil transformers. Routine inspections and battery replacement and disposal will be carried out by trained and licensed personnel/contractors. Concessionaire/ GVTA Operation and maintenance TBD N?A N/A

2.

Hazardous Waste Management Plan The Concessionaire will develop and implement a Hazardous Waste Management Plan that describes measures to ensure that RAV line operations and facilities meet or exceed applicable codes and guidelines, such as the CCME Codes of Practice for Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products and Aboveground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products, and the CAN/CSA Z731 M91 Emergency Planning for Industry.

Concessionaire/GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

3.

Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan The Concessionaire will develop and implement a Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan that addresses all relevant terms and conditions of the Concession Agreement and the EAC, the EMP and any other regulatory requirements or applicable permits, licences and approvals.

Concessionaire/ GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

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Responsibility Greater Vancouver Concessionaire Transportation Authority (GVTA) X

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal

Submission Date

Residual Effects Follow-up

4.

Water Quality Control The Concessionaire will develop and implement a drainage design for the RAV guideway that will ensure that discharge is directed away from watercourses. This will be accomplished by either directing drainage into the storm sewer system or by providing for ground infiltration or gravel pad catchment. Concessionaire/ GVTA Operation and maintenance TBD N/A N/A

5.

Vegetation Control The Concessionaire will control vegetation along the alignment according to existing SkyTrain operations policy such that vegetation is prevented from encroaching on the guideway. The Concessionaire will notify private landowners with property adjacent to the alignment prior to any vegetation trimming and/or tree removal.

Concessionaire/ GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

6.

Noise Attenuation Where it will not detract from their function, paging and bell signaling systems in RAV stations will be adjusted for minimum noise levels and strategically located to reduce noise egress to the community. The guideway track will be regularly maintained to ensure that operating noise levels are within established guidelines. Noise attenuation barriers, if necessary, will be installed and maintained.

Concessionaire/ GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

7.

Track Maintenance Track maintenance will be carried out as per standard BC Transit procedures that are in current use along the existing lines. Collection and disposal will be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Concessionaire/ GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

8.

Air Quality Bus and rail routes will be optimized with the RAV Project to reduce diesel emissions. The current practice of turning off bus engines at transit stations if the waiting time is significant will be continued.

Concessionaire/ GVTA

Operation and maintenance

TBD

N/A

N/A

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Responsibility Greater Vancouver Concessionaire Transportation Authority (GVTA) X X

Overseen By

Activity Period

Agency Submittal

Submission Date

Residual Effects Follow-up

9.

Commitments Applicable to Public Consultation The Concessionaire will develop and implement a Community Liaison and Notification Program for the operation and maintenance period of the Concession. Concessionaire/ GVTA Operation No N/A N/A

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