In­dus­trial com­post­ing pro­posal moved to Ar­gen­tia ac­cess road

The Compass - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK TC ME­DIA The Tele­gram

Metro En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices In­cor­po­rated is tak­ing another crack at es­tab­lish­ing an in­dus­trial com­post­ing fa­cil­ity on the Avalon Penin­sula, to serve what the com­pany calls an ex­ist­ing need for a mar­ketable fer­til­izer.

The fa­cil­ity would process a va­ri­ety of or­ganic wastes, in­clud­ing mink of­fal, fish pro­cess­ing wastes, spent hens and poul­try feath­ers, with mink farms, farms with chick­ens, and fish plants all among the po­ten­tial com­mer­cial sup­pli­ers.

On April 5, the com­pany reg­is­tered a new pro­posal for pro­vin­cial re­view with the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion, and is now look­ing to es­tab­lish the op­er­a­tion off the Ar­gen­tia Ac­cess Road, about 3.5 kilo­me­tres from where the Trans-Canada High­way meets Route 100.

Metro En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices orig­i­nally sought to es­tab­lish its com­post­ing site off Sal­monier Line, but ended up with­draw­ing that pro­posal from en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment af­ter ini­tial feed­back. That ini­tial site landed within the bound­aries of the Town of Holy­rood. The town took is­sue with the com­pany’s pro­posal, cit­ing zon­ing is­sues among its con­cerns, lead­ing to a with­drawal of the pro­posal.

In a reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment In­no­va­tive Devel­op­ment and De­sign En­gi­neers pre­pared for Metro En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, the new fa­cil­ity would start at least 300 me­tres in from the main road, on 1.5 to 2.5 hectares ( four to six acres) of a 23hectare par­cel of land.

“This large sec­tion of land is a green-field site with vir­gin bo­real for­est and to­tally un­de­vel­oped. The land held by the pro­po­nent is ap­prox­i­mately 700 me­tres bor­der­ing the west side of Route 100 and 450 me­ters deep,” the reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment notes.

“The par­cel is out­side of any mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries.”

Get­ting the new site pre­pared and the op­er­a­tion up and run­ning is ex­pected to re­quire be­tween $50,000 and $75,000 in cap­i­tal, ex­clud­ing the pro­po­nent’s cost for the land.

The op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to em­ploy two peo­ple, with the po­ten­tial for some ad­di­tional part­time hires as re­quired.

If ap­proved, the com­pany plans to be­gin re­quired con­struc­tion this sum­mer.

The dead­line for pub­lic com­ments on the pro­posed project is May 10 and a de­ci­sion is ex­pected from the min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion on May 20.

A map, as pro­vided in an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment, show­ing the new pro­posed site for an in­dus­trial com­post­ing fa­cil­ity, to be op­er­ated by Metro En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices In­cor­po­rated.

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