Grain elevator expansion gets environmental OK
The Kensington grain elevator can expand after receiving environmental assessment approval from the provincial government.
Communities, Land and Environment Minister Richard Brown informed the PEI Grain Elevator Corporation of the approval June 22 under the Environmental Protection Act. The proposed expansion is needed to help Prince Edward Island’s grain and oilseed industry continue to succeed.
“I’m satisfied that this is a project with real economic benefits and that any environmental concerns that arise can be addressed by the corporation,” Minister Brown said. No comments or concerns from the public were received during a public information session April 25 in Kensington and an extended written and online comment period.
The provincial government’s approval was granted under the condition that the grain elevator corporation address any future concerns regarding noise, light, or air quality.
The corporation will still be required to obtain any other necessary federal, provincial or municipal permits for construction.
Along with the operational improvements, the project will lessen carbon emissions produced by shipping grain to off-Island storage. In 2017, the Grain Elevator Corporation shipped 16,000 tonnes of grain and oilseed to storage in Halifax.
The present grain elevators were constructed in 1969 and do not provide adequate operational capacity.
The proposed expansion includes the construction of dryer units, high capacity holding tanks, loadout tanks and an office with electrical and mechanical areas.
The current grain and oil seed storage tanks are expected to continue to operate in conjunction with the proposed new tanks.