Environmental report on controversial composting project in government’s hands
People will have until early in the new year to comment on an environmental preview report for a proposed industrial composting facility near Whitbourne.
Metro Environmental Services Incorporated was initially looking to set up a site to process organic waste within the municipal boundaries of Holyrood, but the town took issue with the application. The company withdrew the proposal and is now looking to set up shop on the Argentia Access Road, approximately 3.5 kilometres from the TransCanada Highway.
That location is not too far away from Whitbourne, where municipal leaders and residents have expressed concerns about the facility’s potential environmental impact, smell and susceptibility to fires. The company’s owner, Terrance Penney, told TC Media such concerns are groundless, adding there is a serious need for this facility in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The 87-page environmental preview report is available online, with government accepting public comments on it from now until Jan. 5. Those comments can be emailed to the chair of the environmental assessment committee, Joanne Sweeney, at firstname.lastname@example.org and EAProjectsComments@gov.nl.ca or mailed to the director of the environment assessment division.
A decision on the project from Environment Minister Perry Trimper is due Jan. 14, 2017.