Talks planned on stench problem
Stronger measures must be taken by the Municipality of Colchester to deal with the ongoing odour issues from a waste disposal facility in Debert, a county councillor says.
“I think we need to make sure that the folks that have been enduring that for some time to know that we as a council care,” Coun. Tom Taggart said, during a recent council committee meeting regarding the stomachchurning stench emanating from the industrial waste materials at Envirosystems Inc.
“There is no question that odours are worse this year but they have been there for several years,” Taggart said.
A fact sheet provided by the company said the smell originates from a higher-than-normal concentration of sulphur buildup in one of the facility’s wastewater holding ponds combined with a skim oil layer on the surface of the water.
The company said it is currently focused on “short-term mitigations” because of the potential to increase the odours by taking full corrective actions during peak water temperatures.
But Taggart said the time has come for the municipality to take a stronger stance in dealing with the company.
“We need to work with Envirosystems to ensure this is the last time this happens,” he said.
CAO Rob Simonds said the company has indicated its willingness to discuss the issue with the municipality.
Council committee approved a motion to have its executive audit committee set up a meeting with company officials.