Deadline extended for shell drying facility proposal
The deadline for a decision from the Department of Environment and Conservation on a proposal to build a shell by-product drying facility in Bay de Verde has been extended.
A decision was due from the minister Oct. 16, but the company has since agreed to have that deadline extended to Nov. 9.
The facility, which has an estimated cost of $3 million, would help Quinlan Brothers Ltd. comply with the provincial waste management strategy. Waste generated from primary shellfish processing is currently landfilled at a site approved by the Town of Bay de Verde and the province.
The proposal submitted to government would involve the construction of a facility on the same access road leading to the landfill site. The waste will be dried before it is shipped off the island for commercial use. According to the registration document, Quinlan Broth- ers facilities produce over five million pounds of shell by-product waste annually. The company previously looked at establishing chitin production facilities in Old Perlican and Bay de Verde. Quinlan Brothers cited “supply economic factors” in its decision to not go ahead with those plans.
The drying process for the proposed facility in Bay de Verde would not involve the use of chemicals.
The Quinlan Brothers plant in Bay de Verde.