Provincial EA approval issued for Middle Stewiacke asbestos waste disposal project

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An asbestos waste disposal cell project in Middle Stewiacke has been granted environmental assessment approval by the province.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson issued his decision on Friday along with eight pages of conditions under ten categories for Colchester Containers Limited.

The project would be an expansion of an existing construction and demolition disposal operation at the site.

Eighty comments were received from the public during the course of the review, including from Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair who requested that Wilson's decision be suspended until more stringent regulations came into effect.

She stated, "We are very concerned about the health and safety risks that this development could pose to residents of the area."

Blair also pointed out that the municipality already offers asbestos waste disposal at its solid waste facility in Kemptown through Groundfix Remediation Services, but the site wasn't listed on the Nova Scotia Environment Department website until recently.

On Thursday, Colchester County councillors tighten regulations surrounding hazardous waste disposal by updated one bylaw and creating another.

In addition to bond and insurance requirements, a facility also needs a permit from the municipality in order to accept hazardous substances for disposal.

Currently, only the Kemptown facility has such a permit in the county.