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The funding will assist the PRRD in constructing a gas management facility within the landfill. The technology used is designed to capture and utilize up to 75 per cent of the landfill’s gas emissions. The project will satisfy the provincial Landfill Gas Management Regulation, which requires the installation of a gas management facility by 2016.

The project, which is estimated at costing approximately $2.4 million total, will have the remainder of the cost provided by PRRD revenues. Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River, talks about the importance of this funding and what it provides to the Peace.

“Our government is proud to deliver a permanent annual investment in municipal infrastructure through Canada’s Gas Tax Fund. I am pleased that this project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our community by approximately 36,000 tonnes per year, a tremendous benefit to the environment and residents of the Peace River Regional District.”

The new facility at the landfill is estimated to be up and running by early fall of 2012. According to Arthur Hadland, Director of the Electoral Area ‘C’, the facility will strive for a plan to utilize all forms of waste deposited within the landfill, whether through the form of recycling, or collecting potential energy which can be utilized as beneficial resources, such as fuel or heating systems.

The Gas Tax Fund was passed by the Government of Canada on Dec.15, 2011 making the legislation a permanent annual investment. Canada’s Gas Tax Fund provides stable, long-term funding to local governments and other organizations to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure. The Infrastructure Canada program primarily supports capital projects such as local roads, public transit, energy systems and waste management infrastructure that leads to cleaner air and water, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

PRRD Chair Karen Gooding was present at the announcement, saying “we are excited to move ahead with this environmentally-friendly project and to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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