Nova Scotia

Antigonish firm plans major expansion of quarry

An Antigonish construction company is seeking government approval to expand its quarry by 15 times its current size and run 24 hours a day.

An Antigonish construction company is seeking government approval to expand its quarry by 15 times its current size and run 24 hours a day.

Alva Construction Ltd. wants to produce 450,000 tonnes a year at its quarry along the Northumberland Strait or even more if it wins a big contract.

In documents filed with Nova Scotia Environment Wednesday, the company says it intends to operate around the clock, 50 weeks per year, blasting, crushing and stockpiling aggregates and armour stone for local construction needs.

The company says there are 22 million tonnes of rock reserves at the site — enough to last 50 years. It estimates that an average of 150 trucks a day would be needed to haul the material.

The current quarry in Georgeville is 3.5 hectares. About 650,000 tonnes of aggregate have been produced since it opened in September 1996.

If approved, the quarry would expand to 54 hectares.

The company says there is little residential development near the site. It also says an expanded quarry would have little effect on surface water, including fish habitat.

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