August 13, 2007

Nfld funds geotechnical studies at Corner Brook waste site

CORNER BROOK, NFLD-The Newfoundland and Labrador government is contributing $83,220 toward the cost of geotechnical work at the Wild Cove waste disposal site in Corner Brook. The study may lead to a long-term waste management system for the west coast of the province. "Wild Cove is an existing site that may have the potential to be retrofitted as a regional solid waste management super site," Municipal Affairs Minister Jack Byrne explained, adding, "The approved geotechnical work will provide valuable information towards finalizing a decision about its potential long-term use." The funding is being allocated through the province's $34.2-million municipal capital works program for 2007-08. As part of Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial waste management strategy, unveiled this spring, the government has committed to evaluating the feasibility of various proposed sites around the province. Planning and preparatory activities will continue for all regional sites, concurrent with the establishment of waste management authorities to run them. The overall strategy will establish three regional supersites, a waste diversion program, and waste management regions; develop modern standards and technology; and help set up a public education program. Implementation of the strategy in the western region of the province is slated for completion by 2016.

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