Participant funding promised for future OlyWest plant hearings
WINNIPEG, MAN-The Manitoba government has promised to make funds available to enable interested parties to participate in Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings on the proposed OlyWest plant when the hearings are announced. "We want a full and thorough environmental review once the company makes a decision to proceed with the plant, in order to provide funding to participants and help ensure interested parties will be heard," said Conservation Minster Stan Struthers. OlyWest is considering building a 300,000-square-foot, $200-million hog processing plant in the St Boniface industrial park. Before construction can start, the firm has to apply for and receive an Environment Act licence. Manitoba Conservation has provided the company an advice document to guide its preparation of an Environment Act proposal. This may be viewed on the department's Web site, at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/envapprovals/registries/. Once the application is received, there will be a period for public comments followed by a CEC hearing. More information is also available on the CEC Web site, www.cecmanitoba.ca/.