August 8, 2006
(Environment and Conservation)
Environment and Conservation Minister
Clyde Jackman has announced the following events relative to Part 10
Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.
(1) Bishops Falls South Mink Fur Farm Expansion
Proponent: Champion Furs Ltd.
The proponent proposes to expand the existing 300 female breeder mink
fur farm to 1,500 female breeder mink. The farm is located on the
eastern side of the Bay d�Espoir Highway (Route 360), approximately 1.5
kilometres south of the Trans Canada Highway, near Bishops Falls South.
The proposed expansion will produce approximately 7,500 kits annually.
Construction will include two new sheds/barns (60 metres long by nine
metres wide) for housing the mink and a manure storage pad on the 10
acre site. Construction of the sheds is proposed to start in October
2006. The undertaking was registered on August 7, 2006; public comments
are due by September 12, 2006: and, the minister's decision is due by
September 21, 2006.
(2) Stephenville Paper Mill Site Decommissioning
Proponent: Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada
The proponent proposes to decommission and rehabilitate the pulp and
paper mill site in Stephenville. The infrastructure and physical
features to be decommissioned include: the main pulp and paper mill
building including steam plant, maintenance shops and administration
offices; paper storage sheds; effluent treatment facilities and
pipelines; wood yard; industrial landfill systems on the east side of
Route 490; hydrocarbon bulk fuel storage facilities; fuel and process
storage tanks; water and sewage systems; transformers and other
electrical equipment, etc. A summary of the Environmental Site
Assessment (ESA) Phase I work is also included. The decommissioning of
the site is scheduled to commence in 2006 and is tentatively scheduled
to be completed by 2008. The undertaking was registered on August 7,
2006; public comments are due by September 12, 2006: and, the minister's
decision is due by September 21, 2006.
The minister encourages all interested
parties to become involved and to make comments known. Comments on
submitted documents are invited from the public, addressed in writing to
the minister, and are welcome prior to the deadline date shown.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Director of
Environmental Assessment at (709) 729-4211 or toll-free: 1-800-563-6181
or by mail to:
Director, Environmental Assessment
Department of Environment and Conservation
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700, St. John's, NL, A1B 4J6
Environmental assessment information is
on the government web site at
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