September 13-20, 2004

AMEC E&E to head group awarded contract for initial review of Avalon waste system

ST JOHN'S, NFLD-A consulting group led by AMEC Earth and Environmental has been awarded a contract by the Greater Avalon Regional Waste Management Committee (GARWMC) for the initial assessment and public consultations on the proposed waste management system for the Avalon Peninsula. The other partners in the consortium are ADI Nolan Davis; The Institute for Advancement of Public Policy; and Leslie Grattan: Environmental Planning/Project Management. The group will: (1) review all previous engineering and site assessment work to determine whether any issues need further investigation; (2) meet with various community groups and key stakeholders in the Conception Bay South and St John's areas to discuss the project and obtain their ideas and suggestions; and (3) hold a public consultation later this fall to give everyone an opportunity for input. This meeting will be advertised well in advance to enable as many people as possible to participate. The results of this work will provide guidance to the management committee and the Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs concerning any further work that may be needed to support the registration of the system for an environmental assessment under provincial and federal legislation. The new system will consist of a materials recovery (recycling) facility, a commercial indoor composting operation and an engineered landfill, and a network of six transfer stations located throughout the region. The proposed regional waste management site is at Dog Hill, which is about three kilometres west of the Foxtrap Access Road on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway. The Greater Avalon Region has a population of 268,000 people, or more than half the total population of the province. More information is available from GARWMC chair Dr Melvin Regular, 709/745-7112.
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