En­vi­ron­men­tal re­port on con­tro­ver­sial com­post­ing pro­ject in gov­ern­ment’s hands

The Compass - - NEWS - ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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 joannesweeney@gov.nl.ca 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.

We­blink: www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/en­v_assess­ment/projects/Y2016/1838/

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