The CAC expresses concern over new cement plant in Quebec

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Updated Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Following reports that the Port-Daniel-Gascons cement project in Quebec will comprise a marine terminal, The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has called on the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of the Environment to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect the lobster fishery industry in Gaspesie.

"We urge the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Minister of Transport to make sure that all appropriate actions are taken to protect the lobster fishery industry and the navigation in the area”, said Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the CAC. "We also call on the Minister of the Environment to ensure that a proper process will be undertaken to assess whether the project should be subject to a federal environmental assessment."

McInnis Cement announced that the Port-Daniel-Gascons plant had received the go-ahead from the government of Quebec last month. The plant will initially have a 2.2 million tpa capacity, with the potential to increase this to 2.5 million t. The new facility will supply the US market, aided by its strategic location near to a marine terminal. At the time of announcing approval, McInnis Cement President and CEO, Christian Gagnon, stated that the completion of comprehensive updates to environmental studies, along with the project's financial structuring, had proved crucial to its realisation.

The CAC has previously expressed its disappointment that the new plant has received approval and financial support from the Quebec government. According to the CAC, the region's cement industry will be unable to absorb the additional capacity generated by the Port-Daniel-Gascons plant.