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May 15, 2001


The following statement was issued today by Ralph Wiseman, Minister of Environment. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

I am pleased to inform my colleagues in the house today that government is undertaking a public consultation on solid waste management.

Beginning next month, an advisory committee, chaired by Mr. Derm Flynn, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities, will hold roundtable discussions in many communities throughout the province seeking the views and opinions of key stakeholders, groups and individuals on the development of a comprehensive provincial waste management strategy.

Joining Mr. Flynn on the advisory committee will be Corner Brook city councillor Priscilla Boutcher; Catherine Barrett, president of the Recycling Depot Operators’ Association; and, Jessie Bird of Cartwright.

I would like to acknowledge Mr. Flynn and Ms. Barrett, who are in the gallery today.

The Speech from the Throne articulated government’s commitment to develop a long-term strategy for waste management in this province. This public consultation is the first step in fulfilling that commitment.

Government is committed to addressing our current waste management situation with long-term solutions, thereby ensuring the protection of our environment for the enjoyment of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for generations to come.

I encourage all interested groups and individuals to take part in a roundtable discussion in their area. Individuals and groups may also forward their comments to the advisory committee in care of my department. A discussion paper, Protecting Our Environment for Tomorrow: A public consultation paper for a strategy for waste management, is being prepared and will be available early next week by contacting my department or on government’s web site.

2001 05 15                              1:40 p.m. 

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