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George's Brook-Milton cannabis production facility environmental assessment conditions released

A file photo of the proposed cannabis production facility in George’s Brook-Milton during construction.
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A file photo of the proposed cannabis production facility in George’s Brook-Milton during construction. FILE PHOTO - FILE PHOTO

Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment releases undertakings

A proposed “micro-cultivation cannabis production facility” in George’s Brook-Milton has cleared the province's environmental assessment process, with conditions
The facility initially registered the assessment on Sept. 23.
According to its application, the proponent plans to develop and operate a 495 square-metre micro-cultivation cannabis production facility to supply cannabis to the recreational market.
The total canopy space for growing in the facility will be limited to 200 square-metres.
It is located at 169 Ryder’s Brook Rd. in George’s Brook-Milton, and its building is a new, insulated concrete-form building that is soundproof, vapour-impermeable and odour-proof.
In a press release, the Department of Municipal Affairs said the environmental approval for the project has the following conditions:
• There is an agriculture lease with an established mink farm adjacent to the proposed site location, bordering three sides. The proposed activity should not interfere with this agriculture lease and/or any agriculture activities. Frequent agriculture activities on a mink farm include but are not limited to manure spreading, fertilizer spreading and the presence of animals. You are advised that as a result of these activities, there will be a presence of odours and flies associated with normal operations;
• No vegetation clearing is to occur within 800-metres of a bald eagle or osprey nest during the nesting season (March 15 to July 31) and 200-metres during the remainder of the year. The 200-metre buffer also applies to all other raptor nests (Northern Goshawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, American Kestrel, Great-horned Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl);
• A minimum 30-metre undisturbed vegetated buffer is required along all waterbodies and wetlands that appear on a 1:50,000 topographical map to protect sensitive riparian and aquatic species, and their habitat;
• A comprehensive Waste Management Plan shall be submitted to, and approved by, the Pollution Prevention Division prior to the introduction of cannabis to the facility.
In addition to the release of the cannabis production facility, the department also released the assessment of the Lethbridge Dairy Farm.
This project is subject to the following conditions:
• A minimum 30-metre, undisturbed, vegetated buffer is to be maintained along all waterbodies and wetlands that appear on a 1:50,000 topographic map to protect sensitive riparian and aquatic species, and their habitat.

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