NS: Lafarge quarry expansion in Yarmouth to proceed

Carla Allen, The Vanguard
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LaFarge Canada has received approval from the Minister of Environment on its environmental assessment for its Lafarge Hardscratch Quarry Extension project which will occupy a total of 65 hectares.

Work at the Lafarge Hardscratch Road quarry in Yarmouth — File photo

[YARMOUTH, NS] - LaFarge Canada has received approval from the Minister of Environment on its environmental assessment for its Lafarge Hardscratch Quarry Extension project.

The expansion will occupy a total of 65 hectares, of which 42 hectares will be used for quarry activities and the remaining 23 hectares will be left as a wetlands protection area.

The project is subject to a number of conditions pertaining to quarry operations, surface water resources, wetlands, groundwater resources, flora and fauna, noise and dust, archaeological and heritage resources, public engagement, first nation and aboriginal engagement, transportation, quarry development and reclamation and contingency plans.

LaFarge Canada general manager (Atlantic Canada) Alex Kennedy says the company is pleased.

“This approval will allow us to continue building better communities across Atlantic Canada by using local materials for construction and development projects,” he said.

In his approval, the minister articulated a number of areas where he would like to see LaFarge Canada work with the local community and other stakeholders as it proceeds with the quarry expansion.

“We welcome the opportunity to address these requirements, and look forward to working with our neighbours as we develop our site in the spirit of collaboration,” said Kennedy.

Organizations: LaFarge Canada

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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