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Leitches Creek Quarry Expansion

Description

On April 3, 2006, Alva Construction Ltd. registered a quarry expansion project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part V of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to expand the boundaries of the existing quarry footprint and continue quarry activities at its existing facility at Upper Leitches Creek, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. The expansion includes 18 ha of land immediately adjacent to the existing quarry and will allow continued aggregate production (blasting and crushing) and additional stockpiling. The estimated project lifespan is approximately 20 years. The potential schedule is 24 hrs/day, 5 days/week, 40 weeks/year, or more, depending on weather and demand for aggregate. The quarry will operate on a year-round basis, weather permitting. The Project will commence upon obtaining applicable approvals and authorizations.

Under the Environmental Assessment Regulations, a pit or quarry in excess of 4 ha in area primarily engaged in the extraction of ordinary stone, building or construction stone, sand, gravel or ordinary soil, is defined as a Class I undertaking.

Minister's Decision

On April 28, 2006, the Minister of Environment and Labour released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:67k) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, Pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:55k).

The proponent is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits or authorizations before commencing work on the undertaking.

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments regarding this registration were accepted from April 3, 2006 to April 18, 2006. Comments submitted on the Registration Document are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

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