The Village of Grenville supports Action Champlain’s effort to have the proposed Colacem cement plant near L’Orignal undergo a federal environmental assessment.

Grenville Village Council has adopted a resolution to endorse the request made by Action Champlain to Federal Minister of the Environment Steven Guilbault on August 30 outlining the reasons the proposed cement plant should be assessed at the federal level.  That request argued the cement plant will impact the environment in both Ontario and Québec, and lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from trucks transporting raw materials and the use of the federally regulated Port of Montréal.

Action Champlain told Guilbeault there are 14 federally listed species at risk, including three endangered, six threatened, and five of special concern, on the cement plant property or nearby.

Action Champlain also argued the cement project might adversely impact First Nations communities, particularly Kanesatake near Oka, which are under federal jurisdiction.

The letter sent to Guilbault from the Village of Grenville is dated October 13 and informs the Minister that the municipal council of the Village of Grenville supports the request submitted by Action Champlain on August 30 to designate the cement plant project in L’Orignal under the Environmental Assessment Act. The letter is signed by Grenville Mayor Pierre Thauvette.