Lafarge issued directive

Published on August 11, 2014
Entrance to the Lafarge Plant in Pleasant Valley.
Judy Matheson photo

SHORTTS LAKE- Lafarge has been issued a Nova Scotia Environment department directive following complaints about fumes and smoke originating from its cement plant on Thursday.

The directive was issued on Friday and requires the company to submit a report to the department by Aug. 15 outlining the exact cause of the incident that released the black smoke, the recorded opacity during the incident and the steps taken to rectify the problem.

The directive also requires Lafarge to include in the report the measures that will be taken to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.

Residents in the area told the Truro Daily News on Friday the fumes and smoke lasted hours forcing many to stay inside.

Plant manager Scarth MacDonnell said the company plans to do a “full investigation” into the cause.