About 50 people were in attendance last night, as Nova Chemicals held their fall community open house to give area residents an update on facility and business updates for the Joffre facility.

The snow had just began to fall, but it was warm inside Haynes Hall, as representatives from the Joffre facility treated visitors to refreshments and an overview of their facility, everything from a safety and environmental perspective, to new projects on the horizon.

Manufacturing Director for Nova Chemicals West and Site Leader Rick Van Hemmen says Nova Chemicals always tries to keep communication lines open with the public and open houses like last night are a big part of that.

“How are we doing from a safety and environmental perspective, what might be coming up in terms of new projects, there’s always a different slate of things that we update on whenever we come. But really the primary purpose of these open houses is to hear what the community has to say. What kind of questions do they want answered, what suggestions do they have, do they have concerns we might not have heard through our normal channels.”

Some of the questions asked by the public included their thoughts about how the hurricanes down south affected railway transportation, and if they can talk to CN rail about railway crossing distributions, due to loading and unloading at the plant.

Van Hemmen says this year they are also reviewing their annual environmental report, which is due to be submitted to the government for their permit renewal for the site, which is renewed every ten years.

“We are already well into preparing for that submission, and that causes us to look back over the entire last decade, and show what our performance has been. It has to do with air emissions, water emissions, things like that, to make sure we are staying well within regulations and always continuing to improve.”

They also received praise from local 4-H groups, who thanked Nova Chemicals for their continued support.

The Joffre plant employees over 700 people and is one the largest ethylene and polyethylene production facilities in the world.

More Local News

West Park Lodge, Church, Home & Vehicles Vandalized with Graffiti

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify the people responsible for offensive graffiti sprayed on a West Park seniors lodge, a church, a house and several…

Reno's Starting Next Month for Advanced Ambulatory Care Centre in Sylvan

As the clock runs out on 2017, those living in Sylvan Lake and area can look forward to be able to receive enhanced medical treatment in the community next year, without the need to travel to Red…

18-year-old Girl Missing from Red Deer

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 18 year old Brittany Morrison. Brittany Morrison was last seen by her family in Red Deer on December 7 and RCMP wish to…

UPDATE LOCATED: 20-year-old Male Missing from Maskwacis

Dec 18/17 - The RCMP are pleased to advise that Dustin Yellowbird has been located, and in good health. From Maskwacis RCMP: The Maskwacis RCMP are seeking assistance in locating missing 20-year-old…

UPDATE: Located. Red Deer RCMP Search for Missing Woman

From Red Deer RCMP: Dec.18th. 48 year old April Cheverie has been located and RCMP thank the public for their assistance. From Red Deer RCMP: Dec. 14th Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance…

Man in Critical Condition after Residential Fire in Red Deer

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP and Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that has sent a 31 year old man to a Calgary hospital in critical condition this morning (Dec 17th). At…

First mass at new St. Stephen's Catholic Church

Parishioners attended their first mass at the re-constructed St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Lacombe on Sunday. The congregation had been meeting in the Father Lacombe Catholic School gym after the…

Two in hospital after car hits moose on Highway 2 north of Red Deer

FROM BLACKFALDS RCMP: On December 16, 2017 at approximately 1:57 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP and emergency services responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Highway 11A. The…

Good Police Work and Covert Tactics Net Red Deer RCMP 13 Arrests

Red Deer RCMP arrested 13 people, executed 34 outstanding warrants and laid 34 new criminal charges on eight people in a four-day covert stolen vehicle operation last week that also netted a sawed…

Check Stop Blitz in Lacombe this Weekend

The holiday season usually means holiday parties, family gatherings, dinners, and other opportunities to get together and enjoy a few adult beverages. This time of year also means check stop season,…

RCMP Dedicating New Resources to Target Rural Crime in Central Alberta

It's no secret rural crime stats are up drastically in much of central Alberta. With over a decade of experience under his belt as a Detachment Commander, Rocky Mountain House RCMP Staff Sergeant…

Drunk Driver Arrested in Red Deer Two Vehicle Collision

From Red Deer RCMP: A 37 year old Red Deer man was arrested for impaired driving after sustaining serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on 32 Street yesterday afternoon. At 4:30 pm on December…

More Service Dog Training Centers now Available in Alberta

The demand for people who require a service dog is high. So high in fact, that the province has awarded grant money and designated five new dog training facilities in the province that can provide…

Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Crash in Lacombe

Lacombe Police say possible charges are pending following a vehicle versus pedestrian crash this morning (Dec 14th) at the intersection of Woodland Drive and C&E Trail. It happened about 7:45 am. The…

UPDATE CHARGES: RD RCMP Investigate B&E Alberta Energy Regulator

Dec 14th - From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP have charged one man regarding the break-in and theft of numerous electronics at the Alberta Energy Regulator office on October 30 thanks to numerous…

Wrong House Apparently Targeted in Red Deer Home Invasion

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP are investigating a home invasion in the Fairview neighbourhood early this morning after four men forced their way into what is believed to be the wrong house and…

UPDATE CHARGES: Warrants Executed on Homes in Sylvan after Drug-Trafficking Investigation

From RCMP Alberta Media Relations: Dec. 14th, 2017. Two Sylvan Lake men and one Sylvan Lake woman face trafficking charges after the Priority Crimes Task Force seized cocaine, cash and a stolen…

Lacombe Fire Dept. Set to Respond to Highest Call Volume on Record

It's been a busy year for the Lacombe Volunteer Fire Department. They've already exceeded their previous record for number of calls by more than 50, responding to more than 330 calls and the year is…

Suspect Cuts Through Wall of Blackfalds Fas Gas in B&E

From Blackfalds RCMP: On December 13th, 2017, in the early morning hours Blackfalds RCMP were called to the Fas Gas Convenience store located at the corner of Panarama Drive and Parkwood Road in…

Low-Income Spay/Neuter Clinic Coming to Central AB Humane Society

The Central Alberta Humane Society has had a very busy year, with over 60 litters of kittens alone being surrendered in 2017 so far. Executive Director Tara Hellewell says they normally see more cats…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login