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April 12, 2004
PEI places moratorium on disposal sites for construction, demolition waste
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-The Prince Edward Island government has placed a moratorium of up to one year on new disposal sites for construction and demolition (C&D) waste. Environment and Energy Minister Jamie Ballem said the time will be used to conduct a comprehensive review of the waste resource management regulations under PEI's Environmental Protection Act. As part of the review, Ballem said he will as his department, along with Island Waste Management Corporation, to: study the operation and management of C&D sites; examine the regulations to ensure that they are adequately protecting the environment and the public interest; and determine how many C&D disposal sites are needed to serve the PEI population, and potential locations for future sites that might be needed. The regulations, which came into effect in 2002, require C&D sites to meet strict design and operational requirements before they can be approved. The sites may be used only for disposal of C&D debris consisting of materials defined as being inert and non-hazardous, such as soil, asphalt, brick, mortar, drywall, plaster, etc. Site owners must apply to the Department of Environment and Energy annually to have their site operating permits renewed.