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A cement plant in L’Orignal...

What’s a cement plant?

A cement plant is an industry that produces fine cement powder by using limestone as the main ingredient. It is not to be confused with a ready-mix plant (a much smaller sized facility) that produces concrete by simply mixing cement powder, sand and water.

In a cement plant, limestone is crushed and ground to a powder form and mixed with other ingredients. This mix is then burned at approximately 1500°C to create clinker. The clinker is ground with other additives to create cement powder that will be shipped by heavy trucks.

Extract from Cement Technology Roadmap 2009 - Carbon emissions reductions up to 2050, by International Energy Agency (IEA) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), p.4

Colacem wishes to build a cement plant in L’Orignal

Colacem would like to build a cement plant on land that belongs to this company east of the existing quarry operation that is also owned by this same company. This land is located just north of the route 17 in the hearth of a rural zone just 4.5 km west of the village of L’Orignal.

This 138 acre size lot is in the heart of a rural zone (RU) and has presently a temporary permit for agricultural use. With the exception of the quarry, all surrounding lands have a rural zoning (RU) or agricultural zoning (A) designation. The vast majority of these lands are of agricultural use, some with biological accreditation, livestock farming as well as forest areas and residential areas.

A cement plant is not permitted in a rural zone according to the Zoning By-Laws of the Township of Champlain. A cement plant is a heavy industry and can have a very large impact on the environment. A heavy industrial zoning (MG) land designation is required for this type of industry.

In order for this project to move ahead, the project proponent has asked for a change in zoning regulations in order to change the present agricultural use rural zoning to a heavy industrial use designation. This zoning regulations change will allow the final approval process for the various permits that are required by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to go through.

Colacem submits technical and environmental impact studies

In mid-July 2016, Colacem submitted the required studies for a request for zoning regulations changes to the Champlain Township, a modification to the Official Plan of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) and two permits requests to the MOECC, for the construction and operation of a cement plant in L’Orignal. Here are the links to consult the various documents submitted:

Champlain Township-UCPR : http://www.prescott-russell.on.ca/en/planning/official-plan/ongoing-amendment

Colacem website: http://www.ca.colacem.com/newproject/indexorignal.html

Environmental Registry of the MOECC :   012-8124, a proposal for an Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air). Comment period closes August 29, 2016. 012-8119, a proposal for a new Environmental Compliance Approval (Sewage.) Comment period closes August 26, 2016.

Project analysis and approval process

The Champlain Township and the United Counties of Prescott-Russell will schedule a joint public consultation meeting to be most likely held during the September 2016 or shortly afterwards. The population will be able to comment on the zoning change and amendment to the Official Plan. Any resident can express their opposition to this project and do so in writing and/or verbally.

The permits requests submitted to the MOECC by Colacem are analyzed and based on the studies submitted by Colacem. The population has until August 26 or 29, 2016 to submit comments on the MOECC website.

Colacem project – Brief

Based on the studies and documents submitted to the authorities, as well as information presented by writing by Colacem, project director Marc Bataille and project consultants during the Colacem open house of May 3rd, 2016 held in L’Orignal by the project proponent. This is what will result for the population :

  • A change in zoning of 138 acres land... from rural to heavy industrial in the surrounding rural environmentagricultural and residential use .
  • 52 very large industrial buildings and structures in our rural environment, including :
    • Materials production buildings with petcoke fueled rotary kilns, crushers and grinders.
    • Raw materials and cement storage and warehousing.
    • Cement silo storage and truck filling stations.
    • Indoor and outdoor materials conveyor machinery.
    • On site elevated plateau for heavy truck materials dumping and handling.
    • Open pit for petcoke fuel storage.
    • Industrial chimney structure with cooling tower.
  • A very tall chimney of 410 feet (125 metres) to disperse over a very large area emissions from cooking limestone, other ingredients and petcoke combustion that the anti-pollution systems cannot contain.
  • Day and night production and materials handling activities with heavy machinery operations and on site heavy truck movement to supply raw materials and the final cement product and this for most of the year.
  • Production capacity will be 3000 Tonnes per day of clinker, mixed with other ingredients to produce approximately 4000 Tonnes of cement per day…over 1 million Tonnes per year of cement.
  • Increased activity in the quarry will be required to help supply raw materials to existing clients, the Kilmar-Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Harrington Qc, cement plant, and this new cement plant. Quarry activities such as dynamite blasting, crushing, heavy machinery and heavy truck movement will increase.
  • From 80 to 110 heavy trucks per hour on route 17, coming and going from the site:
    • 16 hours per day activities, from 3:00am to 7:00pm
    • Occasionally, 24 hours per day activity for the delivery of raw materials such as petcoke from the port of Montréal.

The surroundings of the subject lands

Colacem’s studies confirm the followings facts:

  • In general, the site (subject lands) is surrounded by agricultural lands and livestock farms, some of which have an organic certification, with, to the north, a significant woodlot and residential dwellings all along the waterfront of the Ottawa River.
  • The L’Orignal Quarry operated by Colacem abuts the western boundary of the site.
  • 6 residential dwellings are within 215 metres from the site, all located to the south and east.
  • A significant number of residential dwellings, but not specified, are located on Bay Road, at 1.5 km or within 2 km to the north, north-west and north-east of the site.
  • The L’Orignal Bay, part of the Ottawa River touches land within 1.5 km from the site.
  • The Village of L’Orignal is located at approximately 5 km to the east of the site
  • There is another heavy industry at less than 4 km east of the site, and directly to the west side of the village.


Assembly of two maps extracted from Planning Justification Report – Official Plan & Zoning By-Law Amendment Applications, March 15, 2016, prepared for Colacem Canada Inc., by MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited (MHBC), with the addition by Action Champlain of the approximate area of two km around the site.


A cement plant in l’Orignal, it may affect all of us!

Imagine 80 to 110 heavy trucks per hour

Imagine 80 to 110 heavy trucks per hour circulation along Route 17, as much as 16 hours per day, between 03:00am and 07:00 pm.L’Orignal, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury and other villages including Alfred, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge will also be affected. The pollution, noise and dust caused by this large amount of heavy traffic will destroy your peace and well-being!

Imagine a 410-foot chimney

Imagine an industrial chimney with a height of 410 feet (125 meters). Higher than the mountains at Pointe-au-Chêne! This towering chimney will be in the close vicinity of inhabited areas and agricultural land of L’Orignal! Illuminated at night, it will be seen as far as the eye can see, affecting the entire region!

Imagine 52 large buildings

Imagine 52 large industrial buildings out-of-scale in relation to our residential and rural landscape.

Imagine dust particles

Imagine dust particles from the cement plant and the quarry that would fall on your roofs, in your waterways and groundwater, all the way into your vegetable gardens and drinking water!



News & meetings

Come protest against the cement plant August 17th!


Next Tuesday, August 17th at 7 pm in front of the Colacem Quarry at 2410 County Rd 17, L’Orignal, come and participate in this protest organized by Konstantine Malakos to show our opposition to the cement plant project.

Let us show solidarity and determination towards this insane project for our beautiful region, a project imposed on our community of the Champlain Township by the CUPR.

This action and presence by our community is extremely important to draw attention towards the media, our elected officials and decision makers. 

Send an email to the Ministry of Environment

Action Champlain’s motion to appeal was denied on June 30th 2021 by the Superior Court of Justice - Ontario Divisional Court and we are very disappointed.

Our appeal to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (TAAL) successfully uncovered many errors and omissions that Colacem made in their application for Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry of the Environment. We hope that the new Minister of the Environment, the Honourable David Piccini, appointed June 18, 2021 will revoke their Environmental Compliance Approval.

Now, we all need to put political pressure on every level: Municipal, Regional (United Counties), Provincial and Federal. We all pay taxes to these levels, we deserve good services, a healthy environment, and as promised, a healthy Canada with net 0% greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Our MPs Francis Drouin and Amanda Simard have asked for your help in putting pressure on the Ministry of the Environment to respond to the letter they sent it.

Send your email with your name and address to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., you can put Action Champlain in cc as well as our MPs Francis Drouin and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ask him to respond to the letter that was sent by Amanda Simard and Francis Drouin to Minister Yurek dated May 31, 2021. Note it was also published in the Review Newspaper

We ask each of you to add a few individual comments to personalize your email.

We thank the community which supported us in our efforts, and now must pass the torch to elected officials who know all too well - that climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of our time. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45% by 2030 we must stop this cement plant today. 

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