Nova Scotia

N.S. gravel pit owner applies for expansion

The owner of a gravel pit outside Middleton in the Annapolis Valley has applied to expand operations.
The location of the proposed gravel pit expansion in the Annapolis Valley. (Department of Environment)

The owner of a gravel pit outside Middleton in the Annapolis Valley has applied to expand operations.

Ivan H Trimper Excavating Ltd. is asking Nova Scotia's Department of Environment for permission to extract sand and gravel from an additonal 41 hectares of property at Torbrook, Annapolis County.

Company documents filed on Friday indicate the expansion would maintain a production rate of 20,000 tonnes per year for 30 years.

"An extensive range of mitigation measures are proposed to minimize impacts of the project. Taking these measures into account, several residual impacts are anticipated," according to the document.

"When the negative residual effects are considered within their ecological setting as well as temporal and spatial context, it is concluded that there will be no significant adverse environmental effects arising from the proposed project."

On average, the Department of Environment will approve or reject an application within 50 days, including a 30-day public consultation period. Members of the public have until April 2 to submit comments on the project.

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