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Carling discussing petition to receive fees from peat-moss extractors

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Carling Township is looking to petition the Ministry of Natural Resources to have peat-moss extractors abide by the same rules as other aggregate extractors.  The Aggregate Resources Act regulates operations on Crown and private lands and every licensee or aggregate permit holder must pay an annual fee to local municipalities.  However, peat-moss extractors are not subject to the fees as the way the Act is written, top soil and peat moss are not defined by the word ‘earth’.  Carling wants the fee to apply to peat-moss extractors as heavy trucks carrying peat moss contributes to the deterioration of roads and infrastructure in the township.  Council will discuss the issues and a possible petition at tonight’s regular meeting in the council chambers beginning at 7:00pm.

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