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Environmental preview report ordered for industrial composting project


An environmental preview report will need to be prepared before the provincial environment minister decides whether to approve a proposed industrial composting project for the Argentia Access Road.

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. — Submitted Image

Metro Environmental Service Limited proposes to use mink farm offal and carcasses, chickens and other dead birds, poultry feathers and slaughterhouse offal from other forms of livestock. This would be transformed into organic topsoil to sell to farmers.

The Town of Whitbourne has spoken out against the project, with meetings organized by the municipality attracting large crowds. The proposed location of the facility is approximately two kilometres from the town and three kilometres from the Trans Canada Highway.

Residents and council members have raised concerns about the potential smell coming from the composting site, fire hazards and the project’s environmental impact.

In an interview with TC Media last month, Metro Environmental owner Terrance Penney said concerns raised about foul smells, chemicals and fires are not warranted.

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For the preview report, the company will be required to provide additional details on how it will manage odour, composting technology, employment details and the fire and emergency services plan, amongst other topics. Once it’s completed and submitted to government, the public will be invited to comment on its contents.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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