Talks planned on stench prob­lem

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN TRURO DAILY NEWS

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.

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