Canada: Colacem is still battling to win approval for its 1.16Mta plant

Canada: Colacem is still battling to win approval for its 1.16Mta plant
10 March 2017

Colacem Canada is uncertain about its prospects to build a cement plant in L'Orginal in eastern Ontario, Canada. The company needs  permission from both tiers of local government, but it is in dispute with the Champlain Township's decision to vote against the project, and the cement company may have to take its proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board to win approval.

Colacem Canada is seeking permission to put a cement plant on about 56ha (138 acres) beside its existing quarry operation, located 4.5km west of the village of L'Orignal, in a primarily farming area.
The proposals are a revision of the 2011 project submitted by Colacem to the Champlain Township Council, but the Council voted against the zoning change required to build the plant and supported a resolution listing concerns about "visual pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, incompatibility of land use, and potential property value loss."

Yet on 25 January 2017, councillors of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell voted for a master plan amendment in favour of the project. Mayors who lived nearest the proposed plant, Hawkesbury Mayor Jeanne Charlebois, Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton, and East Hawkesbury Mayor Robert Kirby, voted against it. Mayors from farther away, Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins, Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux, and The Nation Mayor Francois St-Amour, voted for it.

The Colacem Canada website says the proposed plant will have the capacity to produce 3000tpd of clinker, with an estimated production of 1.16Mta of cement. Colacem says it will use "state-of-the-art technology, including a hybrid electrostatic precipitator and baghouse to provide the best overall efficiency and reliability regarding dust emissions, energy generation from excess heat, and zero wastewater discharges to the environment."

Colacem says it will invest US$225m, and create 125 direct jobs and 175 potential spin-off jobs.

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