A question about waste management

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A number of years ago I attended a consultation concerning waste management for the Avalon region.

From all appearances it seemed that the City of St. John’s had won the prize — a regional waste management site in one convenient location, one stop for your entire waste disposal needs! But is it really?  

We have the solid materials (more commonly called sludge) from the City of St. John’s waste water treatment plant being delivered and stored in the open air near the former dump on Incinerator Road, at the headwaters of the Kelligrews River. Similar waste material from Conception Bay South’s Cronin’s Head Treatment Plant, deemed not suitable for the Incinerator Road site, is stored at an operation near Sunnyside.

We now see local companies looking at offshore waste-management opportunities that would provide treatment and storage in our province, instead of the mainland. That’s great, more local jobs.  

But wait, where is this waste and water used to clean it going to be stored? Perhaps some of our more enlightened and environmentally conscious politicians would seek the truth and share the answers.

Neil Penney


Geographic location: Incinerator Road, Kelligrews River

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