8:30 a.m., May 30)
company eyeing recycling site near Vars
By Fred Sherwin
proposal to build a dump and waste recylcling plant near
Carlsbad Springs and Vars has caught local residents by
surprise and raised the interest of the local city councillor.
Miller Environmental Services - which is a partnership
formed between Taggart Construction from Ottawa and Miller
Waste Systems from Markham - was eyeing a site in nearby
Russell Township but local opposition convinced them to
consider a second site.
east end site is located on Boundary Road, just south
of Carlsbad Springs and just west of Vars. According to
Taggart Miller Environmental Services, the site has good
hydrogeology, transportation access and has relatively
few neighbours. Even so, Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen
Blais is already looking for answers.
caught everyone at City Hall off-guard, says Blais.
"Im trying to take a responsible approach and
not jump to conclusions. Im very concerned about
the potential downsides on something like this and want
to make sure we get appropriate information together."
develop.m.ent of a site can proceed, the Ontario Ministry
of Environment must first approve the Terms of Reference
for an Environmental Assessment.
Miller Environmental Services will then compare the two
possible sites and identify one of them as the preferred
site for detailed study.
to a press release issued on Tuesday, the proposed facility,
if approved, is intended to provide "a complete and
innovative solution for the recycling a nd diversion from
disposal of non-hazardous Industrial, Commercial and Institutional
(IC&I) and Construction & Demolition (C&D)
materials and the disposal of residual materials that
are not recycled or otherwise diverted".
the past 18 months, Taggart Miller has received significant
public input through consultation activities. The public
has asked us what other sites we have looked at and told
us they felt we should be looking at more than one site,"
explains Hubert Bourque, the project manager for Taggart
have also received input that we should also be looking
for a site closer to major highways and with fewer neighbours
in a more industrial setting, We have listened to the
comments from the public and as a result, we are adding
a second site as an alternative for consideration under
the EA process for this project.
is expected that the Terms of Reference for the EA study
will receive approval by the end of 2012. The site comparison
process to select a preferred site for further study could
be completed by next spring of 2013.
Taggart Group of Companies is a large Ottawa-based family-owned
construction and property develop.m.ent company. Miller
Waste Systems Inc. is a long established waste diversion
and recycling services provider to both the private and
public sector in Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritimes.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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