DEER LAKE — A treated lumber and wood-manufacturing facility has been released from a provincial environmental assessment pending a few conditions according to a government release.
New Brunswick company Marwood Ltd. will construct an 18,000 square foot wood treating plant and a 4,800 square foot manufacturing facility on Incinerator Road near the regional landfill. In order to complete the project Marwood must complete a hydro-geologic study to determine groundwater flow directions in the vicinity of the landfill, as well as around the perimeter of the plant. The study would also determine the influence of the proposed process water well on any contamination outside the property, and it must be reviewed and approved by the Department of the Environment prior to the start of construction.
The release also indicates a 50-metre buffer must be maintained between the proposed development and an existing agricultural lease nearby, and a 30 metre tree-screened buffer must be kept in place between the development and Route 430.
Marwood vice-president of operations Danny Goodine said the project should go ahead as scheduled.
“This is par for the course if you’re in our industry, we’ve seen this before,” he said. “I can’t see it causing any delays in construction.”
He said the hydro-geologic study will determine the flow of any ground water running through the property, because of its close proximity to the dumping area.
“We have to do a baseline to establish what’s going on in that area,” he said. “We’ll have to check to ensure there’s no contamination on the property or coming in from the landfill before we get started, that’s the basic premise.”
He said the company is still awaiting a crown lands review for permission to build in that area, which they expect to hear about in the next few weeks.
Goodine said up to 15 people could be employed at startup, which could take place as early as November upon completion of the approvals process, with an anticipated construction period of about six months