The new waste-transfer facility proposed for the Peak Pond-Reid’s Pond area, near Whitbourne, by Eastern Waste Management is raising serious questions about the potential impact on the surrounding environment.
In this case, nobody is disputing that such a facility is needed, but the impact on the area the government plans to build in could be disastrous.
If a waste-transfer facility is built in the area it could drastically alter the pond life and overall environment, as there are many species of animals — including moose, rabbits, loons and ducks — that will see their habitat affected by the facility.
We are now seeing many people in the entire Whitbourne area, including Blaketown, New Harbour, South Dildo, and more, speaking out against this facility’s construction. Most of them are concerned about the possible long-term impacts on the cabins and homes in the area, as a waste-transfer facility could bring problems with litter, debris, rodents and a strong stench from the site.
I have presented numerous petitions and spoken several times in the House of Assembly on this issue in an attempt to raise the matter with the government on behalf of those concerned. However, it appears this is yet another example of this government’s typically shortsighted approach to infrastructure solutions: take an idea and go full-steam ahead without considering other options or possible negative consequences.
Concern for the project’s long-reaching effects is spreading, as well. I will continue to push this issue with the government until they are willing to consider the potential impacts for the environment and area residents.
It is imperative that the government advise Eastern Waste Management to withdraw this proposal and find a more suitable location for this waste-transfer facility.
Paul Lane, MHA, Mount Pearl South
Opposition critic for Service NL