Planned $660M Maple Leaf plant no environmental threat: Activists
A London animal rights group is raising environmental concerns about Maple Leaf Foods' proposed $660-million London plant, looking to create awareness on the impact of emissions and sewage from the facility.
Norman De Bono, The London Free Press (Canada)
January 8, 2019
A London animal rights group is raising environmental concerns about Maple Leaf Foods’ proposed $660-million London plant, looking to create awareness on the impact of emissions and sewage from the facility.
The Liberation Project has registered its objections to the planned 60,000 square metre, 1,450-worker Wilton Grove Road chicken-processing plant with the Environmental Registry of Ontario.
The group says the plant, to open in 2020, will affect area barn swallows and nearby environmentally sensitive wetlands and produce emissions.
“We want to raise awareness of the environmental consequences of this,” said group spokesperson Matt Schwab. “We are not satisfied with everything that has been done, we hope the (Environment) Ministry reviews this, we hope the public becomes aware.”
But the plant’s environmental impact has been studied and reviewed over two years with approval from the Ontario Environment Ministry, the city, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and a private engineering firm, said Kapil Lakhotia, chief executive of London Economic Development Corp.
A 2016 environmental impact study reviewed the engineering and impact of the plant, he said. That was followed by an environmental impact assessment and a hydrogeological study on waste water and stormwater.
“Maple Leaf Foods has been very proactive, especially on the stormwater management side, they are minimizing the development as much as possible, the wetlands will not be cut off,” said Chris McIntosh, industrial land engineer with the city.
Among issues raised by the animal rights group:
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