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Environmental group appealing proposed Harbour Breton fish meal plant

Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce released the Barry Group's proposed fish meal plant in Harbour Breton from further environmental appeal on May 30. The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform is appealing the decision.
Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce released the Barry Group's proposed fish meal plant in Harbour Breton from further environmental appeal on May 30. The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform is appealing the decision.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform (NL-CAR) is appealing the release of the Barry Group Inc.’s proposed fish meal plant in Harbour Breton from further environmental assessment.

Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce gave his approval of the project on May 30.

Bill Bryden of NL-CAR submitted a letter requesting the appeal on July 12.

Under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), Joyce is required to respond within 30 days.

“We are appealing on the grounds that the decision to allow this project to proceed without ordering an environmental impact statement is contrary to the principles, purpose, and requirements of the EPA and is therefore unreasonable and unlawful,” Bryden wrote in a letter.

“Moreover, the project was not adequately described regarding several issues. Releasing a project without a full description allows for only internal review of issues and mitigation strategies without public scrutiny in contravention of the Environment Act and Regulations.”

A Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador judge recently overturned former environment minister Perry Trimper’s decision to release Grieg NL’s salmon aquaculture project on the Burin Peninsula from further environmental assessment, ruling he did not have the authority to do so.

The project is now required to undergo a full environmental impact statement (EIS).

The full appeal document for the Harbour Breton fish meal plant can be viewed here.

The deadline for public comments is Aug. 8. Joyce’s decision on the appeal is due by Aug. 11.

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