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Canadian Quarry Looking to Grow Big

An Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, construction company is seeking government approval to expand its Georgeville quarry by 15 times its current size and run 24 hours a day, according to the Canadian Broadcast Co. Alva Construction Ltd. wants to produce 450,000 tpy at its quarry along the Northumberland Strait or even more if it wins a big contract.

In documents filed with Nova Scotia Environment, the company says it intends to operate around the clock, 50 weeks per year. The company says there are 22 million tons of rock reserves at the site – enough to last 50 years. It estimates that an average of 150 trucks a day would be needed to haul the material.

The current quarry is 3.5 hectares. About 650,000 tons of aggregate have been produced since it opened in September 1996. If approved, the quarry would expand to 54 hectares.

The company says there is little residential development near the site. It also says an expanded quarry would have little effect on surface water, including fish habitat.