Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1050

Argentia (Building 510) Biomedical Waste ManagementFacility

Proponent: Edward Collins Contracting Ltd.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    The proponent proposes to construct and operate a Biomedical Waste Management Facility located at its existing building in Argentia. Currently biomedical waste is collected from several collection points on the Island and transported to an incineration facility in Moncton, New Brunswick. The proponent now proposes to make a submission to a recent Department of Health tender or request for proposals. The two vehicles to be used to collect the waste will be finished and equipped in accordance with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Guidelines 6.5 - Vehicle Requirements and Code of Practice for the Transportation of Biomedical Waste. The existing concrete structure will require only minor modifications over a 3 to 4 week period. The facility would process most biomedical waste utilizing a shredding and chemical treatment (chlorination) technology; the LFB Medical Waste Decontamination System used in many other jurisdictions. Anatomical and cytotoxic wastes will be processed in a Pyrotek Model 1000-1 Incinerator. Treated solid waste and ash from the two units will receive final disposal at the Placentia Landfill Site. The state-of-the-art facility would create in excess of four permanent jobs; workers will undergo training appropriate for their positions. The proponent is aiming to be operational within 12 weeks of the award of Contract.
  • January 2, 2003 - The undertaking was registered.
  • February 21, 2003 - The Minister announced that the registration does not contain sufficient detail to determine the significance of the environmental effects and therefore will require an Environmental Preview Report.
  • May 8, 2003 - The Minister announced that the proponent has withdrawn the project from further environmental assessment review.

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