December 1, 2003

Bennett denies reports of plans to abandon New Brunswick facility

OAKVILLE, ONT-Bennett Environmental last week denied reports that it intends to abandon its thermal oxider project in Belledune, New Brunswick and instead expand its existing facility in St Ambroise, Quebec. Company founder and CEO John Bennett said he was surprised by the reports. "We have no reason to leave New Brunswick," he said, adding that "our project has been subjected to intense scrutiny already through an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and what is being described as a full EIA by protest groups would yield no additional information." Bennett also pointed out that the company could not simply change its mind and expand in Quebec without subjecting any such proposal to provincial Environment Ministry's full approvals process, as was done for the St Ambroise facility initially. In a recent operations update, the company reported that the foundations for the Belledune plant are nearly complete, design and tendering for equipment is progressing on schedule, and the facility is on track for start-up and commissioning next spring. Following successful source testing, Bennett expects to receive an operating permit and begin full production by the middle of 2004.
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