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Nictaux Pit and Quarry Development Project

Description

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to develop a gravel pit and rock quarry operation on the south side of the 201 Highway in Nictaux, Annapolis County. The proposed development is immediately adjacent to the former R.B. Paving Ltd. gravel pit operation, which has been recently closed and reclaimed. The proposed production rate and operating schedule is consistent with that of the former adjacent operation.

Minister's Decision

On May 24, 2005 the Minister of Environment and Labour released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:20k) on this review. The Minister has decided that the registration information is insufficient to allow him to make a decision and that additional information is required in accordance with Section 13 (1)(a) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.

The proponent must undertake additional field surveys, based on protocols approved by the Wildlife Division, Department of Natural Resources, to establish the distribution and abundance of rare plant species, and propose appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures.

The proponent must provide a map and a written description of how the southern end of the property will be accessed. In the registration document the proponent indicates no new roads will be constructed, but it is not clear how the southern end of the property will be accessed, including the need to construct new or modify existing roads. The proponent shall also submit an assessment of the environmental impacts of any such access additions or modifications.

The additional information was submitted on October 3, 2005.

On October 28, 2005, the Minister of Environment and Labour released a final decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:116k) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking, subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:78k), in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

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 project were accepted from April 28, 2005 to May 12, 2005. Comments submitted are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

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