Dead­line ex­tended for shell dry­ing fa­cil­ity pro­posal

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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.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

The Quin­lan Broth­ers plant in Bay de Verde.

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