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Additional information will be required in order to make a decision on the proposed Sporting Mountain Quarry expansion in Richmond County, says the Department of Environment.
In a decision issued late last month, Environment Minister Gordon Wilson determined the registration information provided by Nova Construction for the project was insufficient.
In the decision, Gordon said the proponent must provide information regarding water resources, wildlife and wildlife habitat including species at risk.
The information must be submitted by Nova Construction within one year as an addendum to the original registration document. Upon submission, Gordon will have 50 days to decide on the application.
Nova Construction, an Antigonish-based company, wants to extend the existing four-hectare quarry footprint to 10 hectares in order to continue operations and meet local and regional aggregate demand.
The operation of the expanded quarry, located about six kilometres north of River Bourgeois on Morrison Road, is anticipated to conclude this year, pending regulatory approval.
Nova Construction said the planned production rate of up to 30,000 tonnes per year will remain unchanged with the proposed expansion.
The company says the project footprint is estimated to last at least 30-plus years, depending on the market demand.
The Sporting Mountain Quarry site consists of a quarry used to extract rock aggregate facilities for processing rock into crushed stone. The site is bordered by forested land on all sides.