Tuesday, April 14, 2015

: Environment Protection Authority orders New abattoir near Darwin on the nose to fix odour problem

The Northern Territory's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has ordered Australia's biggest beef producer to take "immediate action" to solve odour problems emanating from its new abattoir near Darwin. Residents living near the Australian Agricultural Company's (AACo) meatworks at Livingstone, have been complaining about bad smells for months. Speaking to ABC News last month, resident Glenn Spears described the smell from the abattoir site as "rank". "We've been experiencing some pretty terrible smells coming from that direction," he said. "Even when it's a really still morning, the smell... it's just a rank smell that's hanging in the air. "This morning it was almost sickening to smell, it was that bad." The odour is being caused by the poor quality of wastewater being used, and perhaps over-used, by AACo for irrigation. The EPA said it had comprehensively discussed AACo's proposed plan for improving the quality of wastewater used for irrigation and after "lengthy consideration and discussion", had issued a direction to AACo under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act, directing the company to "immediately take measures to prevent offensive odours." EPA chairman Bill Freeland, said the authority had given AACo permission to start processing cattle late last year knowing the smell could become an issue. "We in good faith discussed it with them and they said they needed to start slaughtering cattle so they could test and fine-tune their system," Dr Freeland said. "We actually didn't believe they had a system that could be fine-tuned sufficiently, but over six months we felt they could make some great progress. "Unfortunately that progress really didn't eventuate. "But now, AACo has bitten the bullet and is launching into a big program to fix it all up. "The other thing that's very important, is that there'll be no further increase in the number of head that can be slaughtered per day, they (AACo) volunteered that, and we'll have to keep them to that. "The cap is 250 head [a day], maximum." In a statement, AACo said it had met with the NT Environment Protection Authority a number of times and has presented a plan to mitigate odours and ensure sustainable compliance with the EPL for the Livingstone Beef processing facility south of Darwin. "AACo is complying with the direction from the NTEPA and keeping them informed of progress," it said. Last month, the company's managing director, Jason Strong, told ABC Rural the odour problem would be fixed. "It's something we're very conscience of and working on and its' something that we'll be fixed, there's no question about that, it's going to be fixed," he said. "This is a multi-decade investment for us and we want to be a good part of the community for a long time. "This is not a good experience for the locals, but we will fix it and make sure that we don't have a negative impact on the local environment."

Steps To Address Odor Issues @ La Jolla

It's an issue that lingers in La Jolla like a bad odor. The unpleasant smell left by sea lions and birds at La Jolla Cove is again in the news with a judge having decided the city of San Diego is not responsible for solving the problem. The La Jolla Town Council will hold a hearing Thursday on the next steps in the ongoing battle against the smell left by accumulated animal droppings. Steve Haskins, La Jolla Town Council president, said the smell hurts the nearby businesses. “It (the smell) has a lot to do with the direction the wind is going,” Haskins told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it goes up to Prospect Street where the businesses are located. They say it’s a huge problem for them to keep customers, especially in the outdoor restaurants.” Last month, a Superior Court judge ruled against a group of La Jolla business owners, saying the city doesn't have a duty to control any nuisance caused by wild animals and isn't the cause of the odor. Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement, the group that filed the lawsuit, said it plans to appeal. But Norm Blumenthal, an attorney who represents the group, said the damage has already been done. “It’s adversely impacting their businesses,” Blumenthal said. “We’re noted as the most beautiful city in America that stinks. That’s not a very good reputation. This is an issue of health and safety.” City spokesman Bill Harris said the city has recently contracted with marine mammal expert Doyle and Associates to "explore what conditions exist within this colony of sea lions that may provide alternatives for changing behaviors or otherwise reducing the colony’s impact on the bluffs." Doyle and Associates is expected to deliver a preliminary report in a few months. The city also plans to continue the application of a microbial spray until a more permanent solution is found, Harris said. The hearing is open to the public and will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the La Jolla Recreation Center at 615 Prospect St. Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

East Bay residents report mysterious gas odor

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is looking into a mysterious gas odor that prompted numerous calls from concerned residents in Contra Costa County on Monday morning. Starting around 9 a.m., the utility began fielding calls from the public reporting the smell of natural gas along the Highway 24 and Interstate 680 corridors, said Tamar Sarkissian, a PG&E spokeswoman. Crews were dispatched to each caller’s locations with testing equipment, but found no evidence of natural gas, Sarkissian said. The calls tapered off, she said, with the last reports coming in around 10:30 a.m. Investigators were looking into what could have caused the odor, but it did not appear that a gas leak was the culprit, she said.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Great Book to Read : War of the Whales

A gripping, brilliantly told tale of the secret and deadly struggle between American national security and the kings of the oceans. At once thrilling and heartbreaking, this is a landmark book of deep, original reporting which could alter forever how we view our role as stewards of the seas. (Bob Woodward, author of The Price of Politics)

As War of the Whales…makes convincingly clear, the connection between naval sonar and deadly mass strandings of whales is scientifically undeniable…a strong and valuable narrative. (Washington Post)

Intimate and urgent storytelling....Horwitz's years of research and observation lend genuine drama to this save-the-whales tale. The author paints rich portraits of his subjects, much fuller than the rote physical descriptions and caricatures that might pass for characterization in a breezier work of nonfiction. (Chicago Tribune)

A fascinating read and incredibly informative. This is a powerful book and will be of great interest to anyone concerned with marine mammal protection, the uneasy balance between the competing desires for national security and environmental protection, or the messy politics of scientific inquiry. (HOWARD ERNST, Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy Navy Proceedings Magzine)

Horwitz delivers a powerful, engrossing narrative that raises serious questions about the unchecked use of secrecy by the military to advance its institutional power. (Kirkus starred review)

In this gripping detective tale,science writer Horwitz recreates a day-by-day account of the quest to find thereasons for the mass strandings; the Navy’s resistance and cover-up of theiruse of sonar in the area; and the drawn out struggles between Balcomb, Joel Reynolds, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Navy. . . . Riveting. (Publishers Weekly)

In a riveting and groundbreaking new book, War of the Whales, Joshua Horwitz, chronicles the true story of the 20-year battle led by scientists and environmental activists against military sonar. It reads like the best investigative journalism, with cinematic scenes of strandings and dramatic David-and-Goliath courtroom dramas as activists diligently hold the Navy accountable. A page-turning detective story, War of the Whales... chillingly tracks the US Navy’s culture of secrecy as it collides with environmental groups and grassroots’ demand for transparency. (Brenda Peterson Huffington Post)

For those looking for the perfect non-fiction beach read, you couldn’t do better than War of the Whales: A True Story, Joshua Horwitz’s recounting of an attorney and marine biologist who take on the Navy and the fatal harm they are causing the ocean’s mammals. (CBS Watch! Magazine)

Engaging… War of the Whales reads like a novel, but the story it tells is true…a fascinating personal tale. (Animal Welfare Institute Quarterly)

From severed whale heads to top-secret Naval warfare ops, from the blue waters of the Bahamas to the inner corridors of the Pentagon, War of the Whales is a true-life detective story, military drama and legal procedural of the first order. Joshua Horwitz channels John Grisham and Jacques Cousteau in a way that will leave the reader inspired, outraged and deeply satisfied. (David Helvarg, Founding Director of Blue Frontier Campaign)

A stunning true story that delivers us into beautiful and mysterious depths – of great oceans, top-secret military operations, and the hearts of underdogs who risk it all to save the most extraordinary creatures in the world. In War of the Whales, Joshua Horwitz has written a tale of passion and courage with all the intrigue of the best mystery novels. (Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers)

A page-turning plunge into deep seas and deep secrets. A finely braided, tautly constructed narrative full of science, suspense and unexpected reversals. This is an awe-inspiring book, and an enraging one. You won't be able to put it down. (Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book)

War of the Whales is an important book about a major post-Cold War problem: the often conflicting goals of national security and environmental protection. The author presents this very complex and multidimensional story with great clarity. I'm certain that no one who has been involved with this issue will agree with everything in this book (I don't). But the topic is, by its nature, so emotionally charged and controversial that I doubt anyone can read it without a strong personal response. The importance of this book is that it tells the "inside" story to the wide reading public in a compelling way. (Rear Admiral Richard F. Pittenger (Ret.), Director of Antisubmarine Warfare for the Chief of Naval Operations, 1986-88; Oceanographer of the Navy, 1989-1990)

This masterfully crafted book is guaranteed to bring the issues to a larger audience. (Seattle PI)

[A] real-life thriller. (Penthouse)

[A] compelling account of what happens when animal and human interests collide—and a sobering look at the suffering caused by increasingly noisy oceans. (All Animals (Humane Society Magazine))

War of the Whales takes us deep inside the soundscape of our acoustically complex seas, where whales have evolved to communicate, navigate and hunt with sound. It's the true story of the underwater collision between life in the ocean and an acoustic storm of military sonar -- and of citizen activists holding accountable the world's most powerful Navy. For anyone who wants to save marine life from drowning in man-made noise, this is a must-read book. (Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society)

Seneca said it best: 'He who is brave is free.' War of the Whales tells the astounding true story of how brave men and women, free from fear, spoke truth to the most powerful military on earth to save the most majestic creatures in the oceans. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Founder and President of the Waterkeeper Alliance)

War of the Whales is the surprising and untold story of how two individuals united in a desperate fight to protect dolphins and whales from the deadly acoustic assault of navy sonar. Deeply researched, and brimming with colorful and interesting detail, Joshua Horwitz's gripping book reads like a thriller but, in the tradition of the best non-fiction writing, brings to light the secret history of military sonar and its devastating connection to traumatized whales and dolphins stranding and dying on beaches around the world. (Tim Zimmerman, Co-Writer of "Blackfish", author of "The Killer In The Pool")

A gripping, true-life tale… War of the Whales blends together the spirit of both a suspense thriller of a Grisham novel (except that it's not fiction) and the political intrigue of an All The President's Men. (Journal of the San Juan Islands)

The story is so artfully constructed that you are drawn in and forget that you are not reading a novel…. [A] story that is fascinating even if you have no interest in whales or navy sonar…. [H]is masterfully crafted book is guaranteed to bring the issues to a larger audience. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Author Joshua Horwitz structures this account like an eco-legal thriller, layering his research so that film of a Navy ship seen in the water near the site of the beachings hangs there like damning evidence…. As humans encroach ever further into wild spaces, the impact on the creatures living there must be minimized or mitigated. War of the Whales tells one story among many of its type, but it speaks to the need for improved stewardship with urgency. (Bookpage.com)

Suspenseful and moving and fascinating in equal measure…Stranding investigations are about cause and effect. But in showing us, based on the best available evidence, what the Navy’s sonar transit might have been like for the whales that suffered through it, the book reminds us of the dignity of the individual animal. (Michael Jasney Switchboard (Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog))

A true story brilliantly told…The book is compelling, it’s comprehensive, it’s ground-breaking – and it’s infuriating. (Joel Reynolds Switchboard (Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog))

Gripping. (AskMen.com)

Amazing…Forget toting the latest spy novel or horror story to the beach this summer; take War of the Whales instead. You don't need to be an eco-warrior to learn from this real-life thriller. (The Washingtonian)

A page-turning ride…Horwitz tells a taut, energetic story that feels immediate, even though the events are nearly a decade old. War of the Whales is a reminder — and a warning — that our technological, industrial, and military prowess produces unintended consequences for other species with which we share this fragile planet. (Santa Barbara Independent)

The gripping tale of two men’s crusade to protect the earth’s oceans and the majestic creatures that call it home will appeal to the activist hidden within every reader…The story is as intriguing as it is informative as Horowitz weaves together legal drama, natural history and military intrigue. (PruTexas.com)

A game changing book that unveils, layer by layer, the blood-­stained legacy of Navy sonar on whales and dolphins. (The Dodo.com)

War of the Whales has all the elements of a good beach-read thriller: compelling characters, a tight mystery, even a cute animal: in this case, beaked whales. However, Horwitz is talking real life…If you are looking for [an] edutaining beach reading this summer, War of the Whales would be a good choice. (Fiction Reboot)

“The opening scenario of this fascinating story is shocking and heartbreaking…well-researched and passionate.” (Lansing City Pulse)

“Immersive reading.” (LibraryJournal.com, Wyatt’s World)

“It’s that time of year when bookstores everywhere showcase “summer reading” options. But take a pass on the books touted as easy reading and pick up War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz instead.” (OceanWildThings.com)

“Impeccably researched.” (Blog.JaclynDay.com)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Plaintiffs seek $250,000 in suit over environmental remediation

A Delaware corporation and a numbered Nova Scotia company are suing a Nova Scotia couple for the costs of remediating two Bedford properties. Plaintiffs American Holdings 2000, Inc. and 3258984 Nova Scotia Ltd. alleged in Nova Scotia Supreme Court documents that defendants Gerald and Dianne Bonang of Hants County are responsible for $250,000 in environmental remediations to a property at 39 Dartmouth Rd. in Bedford and an adjoining property at 90 Golf Links Rd. According to court documents, the Golf Links Road property, owned by a third party, was contaminated by the migration of contamination from the Dartmouth Road property. The plaintiffs alleged that American Holdings, which has offices in Florida and investments in Nova Scotia real estate, bought the Dartmouth Road property, on which the Bonangs held a mortgage, at a July 2 foreclosure sale. The plaintiffs alleged sale bidders were not informed that the provincial Environment Department had designated the Dartmouth Road property, in a notice posted July 2, a contaminated site requiring remediation. The plaintiffs are asking the court for a declaration that the defendants are responsible for remediation costs for both properties under a 2003 indemnification agreement. The are also asking the court to reserve jurisdiction to award costs for business disruptions at 39 Dartmouth Rd. , the site of a used-car dealership operated by the numbered company, as a result of remediation activity. None of the allegations have been proven in court. The defendants could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Waikato residents foul over more smelly milk

Booming Waikato milk production has caused more complaints about smelly dairy waste, this time at Waharoa, near Matamata, where Open Country Dairy has been ordered to get odours under control. Waikato Regional Council said it had formally instructed the dairy company to cease the discharge of objectionable odour from its Waharoa site, following around 19 complaints from neighbours since October 22. The complaints come on the heels of council investigation into a big buttermilk lake created last month on a farm at Atiamuri. Te Awamutu residents have also been complaining to the council about offensive dairy waste odours. Council resource use group spokesman David Stagg said Open Country had advised the smell at Waharoa followed accidental discharges of dairy waste to its treatment ponds and that it was tackling the issue with a range of measures. Open Country chief executive Steve Koekemoer said the company acted as soon as it was notified about complaints, and was installing additional aerators in the ponds. It was also looking ahead to find a long term solution to cope with more wastewater capacity. The company had not experienced odour problems at the plant for years, he said. The council said it would consider its next steps once the Waharoa investigation was complete. It has said its investigation into circumstances leading to the Atiamuri buttermilk lake could take many weeks. Industry observers have said it will take months to irrigate all the accumulated dairy waste onto land. The buttermilk was trucked to the site from Fonterra plants, including Te Rapa and Edgecumbe, as the dairy giant grappled with high spring volumes of by product from initial milk processing.

Monday, April 22, 2013

What Makes Rain Smell So Good?

A mixture of plant oils, bacterial spores and ozone is responsible for the powerful scent of fresh rain. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Juni

Step outside after the first storm after a dry spell and it invariably hits you: the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain.

If you've ever noticed this mysterious scent and wondered what’s responsible for it, you’re not alone.

Back in 1964, a pair of Australian scientists (Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas) began the scientific study of rain’s aroma in earnest with an article in Nature titled “Nature of Agrillaceous Odor.”  In it, they coined the term petrichor to help explain the phenomenon, combining a pair of Greek roots: petra (stone) and ichor  (the blood of gods in ancient myth).

In that study and subsequent research , they determined that one of the main causes of this distinctive smell is a blend of oils secreted by some plants during arid periods. When a rainstorm comes after a drought, compounds from the oils—which accumulate over time in dry rocks and soil—are mixed and released into the air. The duo also observed that the oils inhibit seed germination, and speculated that plants produce them to limit competition for scarce water supplies during dry times.

These airborne oils combine with other compounds to produce the smell. In moist, forested areas in particular, a common substance is geosmin , a chemical produced by a soil-dwelling bacteria known as actinomycetes . The bacteria secrete the compound when they produce spores, then the force of rain landing on the ground sends these spores up into the air, and the moist air conveys the chemical into our noses.

“It’s a very pleasant aroma, sort of a musky smell,” soil specialist Bill Ypsilantis told NPR during an interview on the topic. “You’ll also smell that when you are in your garden and you’re turning over your soil.”

Because these bacteria thrive in wet conditions and produce spores during dry spells, the smell of geosmin is often most pronounced when it rains for the first time in a while, because the largest supply of spores has collected in the soil. Studies have revealed that the human nose is extremely sensitive to geosmin in particular—some people can detect it at concentrations as low as 5 parts per trillion . (Coincidentally, it’s also responsible for the distinctively earthy taste in beets.)

Ozone —O3, the molecule made up of three oxygen atoms bonded together—also plays a role in the smell, especially after thunderstorms. A lightning bolt’s electrical charge can split oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the atmosphere, and they often recombine into nitric oxide (NO), which then interacts with other chemicals in the atmosphere to produce ozone. Sometimes, you can even smell ozone in the air (it has a sharp scent reminiscent of chlorine) before a storm arrives because it can be carried over long distances from high altitudes.

But apart from the specific chemicals responsible, there’s also the deeper question of why we find the smell of rain pleasant in the first place. Some scientists have speculated that it’s a product of evolution.

Anthropologist Diana Young of the University of Queensland in Australia, for example, who studied the culture of Western Australia’s Pitjantjatjara people , has observed that they associate the smell of rain with the color green, hinting at the deep-seated link between a season’s first rain and the expectation of growth and associated game animals, both crucial for their diet. She calls this “cultural synesthesia”—the blending of different sensory experiences on a society-wide scale due to evolutionary history.

It’s not a major leap to imagine how other cultures might similarly have positive associations of rain embedded in their collective consciousness—humans around the world, after all, require either plants or animals to eat, and both are more plentiful in rainy times than during drought. If this hypothesis is correct, then the next time you relish the scent of fresh rain, think of it as a cultural imprint, derived from your ancestors.

Water is a curious molecule

Water is a curious molecule with extraordinary properties, which vary depending on temperature and pressure. Life depends on these anomalous characteristics, such as the unusually large heat capacity, high melting and boiling points, high thermal conductivity and surface tension, and shrinking on melting.  

Water is thus of great interest to biologists, chemists, physicists, as well as cosmologists. Despite its simple structure and its obvious importance, it is still poorly understood and many of its aspects, either as a pure substance or as a solvent, are controversial. For more than a century, the combined significance and peculiarity of water inspired scientists to construct conceptual models, which in themselves reproduce the behavior observed. The exploration of structural and binding properties of small water complexes provides a key to understanding bulk water in its liquid and solid phases and to comprehending solvation phenomena.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Company: Foul odor from Bridgeton Landfill to worsen before getting better

The foul odor coming from a landfill in Bridgeton will get worse before getting better, according to a release from the landfill's owners on Friday. The next phase of improvement involves reinforcing concrete pipe, and is aimed at reducing the overwhelming smell in the area. Construction on this phase will begin Monday and last until April 30, weather permitting. The work will "significantly increase the odor for employees, local businesses and residents," according to the release. In March, Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster announced he would sue Republic Services, the owner of the Bridgeton Landfill , after he said the company violated the state’s environmental protection laws. Matt LaVanchy, assistant fire chief in Pattonville, said he requested the work because it will cut down on hazards involving the landfill, and eventually reduce the odor from the landfill. "This action takes care of two major problems – first, it eliminates a safety hazard that could cause future accidents, and second, and most important to the residents, the removal of the RCPs creates a smooth subgrade to ensure the plastic cap doesn’t tear," said LaVanchy. "This work is absolutely required for the landfill to finish its efforts to dramatically reduce the odors.” Company officials say contractors will conduct air sampling during the upcoming construction phase.

Big Fine For Odour Despite Earnest Efforts By Compost Company

Universal Resource Recovery Inc . pleaded guilty to 2 counts of discharging odours into the environment and was fined $80,000 for each count (total $160,000 + 25% victim fine surcharge, = $200,000). The Welland company's composting facility was located in an area zoned for mixed residential and industrial land uses.It received organic food waste from municipal green bin programs, and began to have difficulty controlling odours soon after the facility opened in 2008. The guilty pleas were for odour discharges on three days in each of 2010 and 2011, which caused discomfort to neighbours and loss of enjoyment of their normal use of property.On several occasions, the facility had received over the 200 tonne per day limit for food, leaf, yard and wet waste set out in its Waste Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), and had failed to notify the MOE of the waste exceedences or why these had occurred.It had also breached a provincial officer's order issued to address ongoing odour emissions, which restricted the amount of waste received at the site to 100 tonnes per day. The company tried hard to address the odours, including being responsive to odour complaints (staff frequently responded in person), holding community meetings and conducting proactive odour checks.It also worked closely with the MOE. Despite these efforts, the company voluntarily shut down operations for 5 months during 2010 and then permanently in 2011.By the time it recommenced operations after the 2010 shutdown, the company had invested $35 million in capital expenditures on the facility.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Smelling is believing

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tourism staff protest against distracting odour

Ministry of Tourism staff walked off the job yesterday.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Several workers at the Ministry of Tourism walked off the job yesterday in protest to a stench that has been permeating the building – on and off – for over a year.

Permanent secretary in the ministry, Milinette Ambrose, told OBSERVER media only one employee reported feeling unwell and was allowed to leave yesterday.

She admitted several others went home but no information regarding reasons was conveyed to her office.

“We had a meeting on Wednesday, when it was indicated, as before, that if workers are feeling uncomfortable or unwell working with the smell in the air, they should report to their department managers or myself before leaving,” Ambrose said.

However, the established protocol was not followed yesterday except in the case of one person, the permanent secretary indicated.

It is not clear whether any action would be taken against those workers who left work without informing the authorities.

However, Ambrose said the ministry is aware of the stench and workers would not be forced to work under such conditions.

Ambrose did not say how the workers’ action affected productivity at the ministry yesterday.

Earlier this week, workers at the Ministry of Education – housed in the same building as the tourism ministry – complained of the odour, which they said smelled like sewage.

They have been plagued by the stench for about two years and have walked off the job in the past – yet not much has been done to address the problem, one worker said yesterday.

Public Works technicians had reportedly examined the sewage system and air conditioning unit in the past to ascertain the source of the smell and how to eliminate it. The stench ceased, but only for a short time and nothing has been done since.

Apart from complaints from those two ministries, similar problems were reported by staff at the High Court and the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

The two government headquarters are housed in buildings in the same area and were constructed by the same engineer.

All the structures are sealed and depend on air conditioning around the clock.

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The company is confident it will solve an odour problem plaguing. The company was creating a foul odour that had besieged the residents.
The residence were happy with the progress it had made to date the problem would abate much earlier than previously expected.

" we expect the odour to be fixed much sooner," he said.

"We are committed to fixing this problem - we don't want to talk about what it's costing us other than to say we're throwing everything we have at it."


"The fact that we're getting large amounts of gas each day from the anaerobic lagoons is proof the biological system is working,"

No odour at all was immediately detectable at the 8-metre deep covered lagoon site despite the water having only received minimal treatment.

In the process, solids are removed from the water before it reaches the covered lagoons and micro-organisms then digest the remaining pollutants and expel natural gas which is burned to create energy.

The sewage-like smell emanating from the site has blanketed their homes for months.

Then reducing the amount of foul smelling liquid remaining in the ponds, giving the company further confidence that the offending water would soon be diluted enough to have the smell vanish forever.

The smell was present but downwind it appeared not to be reaching the noxious levels described by some residents.

But the level of odour changes depending on the time of day.

No doubt it was impressive, and that cost appeared to be no object for the company as it battled to control the side effects.

The smell was as bad as ever, particularly at night, and residents remained worried about how long they would be expected to live with the problem and what other side effects may appear down the track.

He said once fully commissioned, the system would boost the company's environmental credentials and should lead to a more harmonious existence with surrounding communities.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

our thought of the day

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Disgusting odour from Laois dump

Since mid-December a constant disgusting odour had been coming from the Kyletalisha dump, complained Cllr Marc Connolly at Mountmellick Town Council last week. In foggy weather, the odour had hung over the town, he said. It seemed to him that the flares on the dump were no working. “Who is monitoring this?” he asked. Cllr Paddy Bracken, a member of the Kyletalisha monitoring committee, said a capping operation was going on at the tiphead which, he pointed out, was to close. There had been some leakage. The monitoring had complied with EPA guidelines, he added. Cllr Denis O’Mara: “How long have we to put up with this. A year? Two years?” Cllr Bobby Delaney said a nearby farmer, Mr Denis Whelan, had told him that the smell from the tiphead had never been as bad before. Cllr Connolly: “People are entitled to know what type of gas they are inhaling.” Cathaoirleach Rosemary Whelan: “We will have a full report for the next meeting.”

Friday, January 04, 2013

Green bin waste composter faces odour fine

Orgaworld operations manager Greg Mariotti says the company has launched an appeal of a Dec. 27 court decision in which the company and a former manager were convicted and fined. “We are appealing both the convictions and the fines,” he says. Orgaworld and the former manager were fined $44,500 in London’s provincial offences court for “failing to comply with a ministry approval and requirements related to operations at its compost facility.” The Dec. 27 court decision relates to charges laid following a Ministry of the Environment (MOE) investigation into odour complaints at the company’s London facility in 2007-2008. In the Dec. 27 court decision, the company was fined $37,000 plus victim fine surcharges. Former operations manager Steven Mark Van Manen was fined $7,500 plus victim fine surcharges. They were given 90 days to pay. They also received suspended sentences for failing to comply with the written notification. MOE spokesperson Kate Jordan says the convictions relate to “operating a waste disposal site not in accordance with ministry approval.” She says odour complaints from local residents and business owners were received beginning in August 2007. “An order was issued (by the ministry) in the spring of 2008,” Jordan says, “and the investigation and charges stem from that.” She says the order related to an outdoor curing pad. The order required “that they transfer all processing and composting of organic waste indoors.” Jordan says a second investigation into odour complaints dates to the spring and summer of 2010 and relates to odours emitting from the plant generally. That investigation led to a further 24 charges that were laid in February 2012. A pre-trial in provincial offences court on those charges in December 2012 was adjourned to Feb. 4, 2013. The charges stemming from the 2010 investigation are against the company and its president Henricus J. M. Kasdkens. In July of 2010, Jordan says, Orgaworld agreed to suspend operations. They removed all material from the plant and spent $5 million on a plant upgrade intended to deal with odour issues. Orgaworld composts green bin waste from a number of Ontario municipalities. They have two Ontario facilities, one in London and one in Ottawa. The final compost product is sold to Ontario farmers to fertilize fields. Some of the material from the Ottawa plant is also used for animal bedding.

Monday, December 10, 2012

D-Day for Brooklyn odour offender

A SERIAL offender responsible for the highest number of odour complaints in Brooklyn could be stripped of its operating licence. The Environment Protection Authority has given Australian Tallow until December 14 to explain why EPA should not suspend its licence. The company must produce a detailed plan fully outlining improvements to infrastructure, waste and odour management. An EPA update to the Brooklyn Community Reference Group (BCRG) confirmed Australian Tallow continued to discharge odours in breach of its pollution abatement notice. "Odours have been confirmed and traced to the premises on multiple occasions. Since July this year, the site appears to have regressed somewhat in addressing odour issues at the site." Last year Australian Tallow was convicted and fined $70,000 over offensive odours and the discharge of animal-derived fat from the Brooklyn rendering facility into Kororoit Creek. EPA metro manager Richard Marks said most of the businesses in the Brooklyn area were legitimate, but the way they were operating was a real concern. "We've got some major odour issues in the area. Australian Tallow, which is our last major odour source there, is an area of focus for us at the moment."

Possible solution for Timaru’s ongoing odour issue

A solution may be in hand for the nuisance odour which has been a persistent problem for residents of Timaru, particularly during the warm summer months. Jason Evered Area Leader RMA Compliance Monitoring, based in Timaru, says Environment Canterbury has made it a priority to resolve the problem, but to date, standard approaches to finding the source of the odour have been unsuccessful. “We hope this new environmental software solution which we are trialling will mean the odours can finally be traced and we can then find a way to eliminate them,’’ he says. “Residents have been suggesting a variety of reasons for the troublesome smell, but it will be good to finally identify the source and do something about it ending the speculation.’’ The EnviroSuite Odour Tracking system operates by modelling local weather in real-time. As soon as a complaint is received, the system runs a “backtrack” from the location of the complaint and shows the path that the odour has travelled. The system, which has been used successfully to track odour sources in Australia and Spain and can handle a large number of complaints identified from different locations at any one time. Mr Evered says “Existing equipment is being used for the trial and software is in the process of being installed and we expect it all to be up and running before Christmas. “To my knowledge this is the first time this system has been used in New Zealand and results should be available soon after the system has been fully installed. “To really get to the bottom of the problem, we are encouraging all residents to report nuisance odours, making sure they note the location and exact time where and when they smelt the odour, as well as a description of the smell.’’ Residents can phone our Pollution Hotline number 24 hours a day on 0800 76 55 88 and report the time, location and description of the offensive or objectionable odour.

Richmond Review - Foul odour prompts local to gather public feedback

Richmond Review - Foul odour prompts local to gather public feedback

A local resident, fearful that the current effort to eliminate the foul smell linked to Harvest Power's composting facility in East Richmond will linger on for years, is urging Richmond residents to get involved.
"I believe only the community involvement will solve this problem," wrote Patricio Alfaro in an e-mail. "I am writing because I am interested in building awareness of the damage the offensive odour has...to the environment, and to property value."
Alfaro has set up an e-mail address, and is encouraging people upset about the smell to send in e-mails to richmondsmell@gmail.com.
Alfaro hopes to establish a social network whose goal is to eliminate the odour problem.
Alfaro's concerns stem from the experience of residents in London, Ontario, where a waste treatment facility was introduced six years ago.
Alfaro said officials from Orgaworld promised their facility would be "odour free."
"The situation in London, Ont. may be related to a different type of waste processing than Harvest Power, but the passive reaction of the people in a position of solving the odour problem in Richmond is the same as in London," he said. "We hear from the city authorities, from Metro Vancouver, and from Harvest Power management that a solution is in study, giving hope for a return to fresh air again in Richmond and other communities affected."
But Alfaro fears the reality "is that the damaging offensive smell will continue for years to come."
"Promise after promise, the community authorities, the environment authority, and the composting plant have not resolved the problem. The local residents are tired and want the London plant closed for good.

Harvest Power, which is near No. 9 Road and Highway 91 in East Richmond, takes yard and food waste from the city and composts it, turning it into energy.

“We are absolutely committed to dealing with this issue, and given our good record of odour management at the facility going back to the early 1990s, see it as a temporary problem that we can full resolve,” Jeff Leech, regional vice president of Harvest Power, told The Richmond Review last week.

“We are absolutely committed to dealing with this issue, and given our good record of odour management at the facility going back to the early 1990s, see it as a temporary problem that we can full resolve.”

A large part of the problem is expected to be addressed by a new multi-million dollar anaerobic digester that recently came online, and encapsulates the composting process into a closed-air system.

Harvest Power has set up a community hotline to respond to inquiries, comments and complaints at 604-836-8387.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Crying foul over odour claims

ODOUR experts have inspected the site of a proposed chicken farm in the Southern Downs. Carr Farming Trust has appealed a Southern Downs Regional Council decision in the Planning and Environment Court to establish a poultry farm at Elbow Valley, west of Warwick, with "unreasonable" conditions. Council approved the chicken facility application but only for 28 chicken sheds, down from the development application request of 48 sheds. Each shed would house 60,000 chickens at any time, with neighbouring property owners objecting on the grounds of odour, dust, vehicle movements and water contamination issues. An expert report, tended to the court, on the potential impact of odours to surrounding properties found one property, in particular, would be a "critical receptor" to odours. The Carr Farming Trust claimed the conditions imposed on their venture were too onerous. In particular, the trust believed a council-imposed condition the company amalgamate surrounding properties unreasonable. The matter was listed in the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane on Friday for an on-site inspection. Site neighbours had granted permission for officials to use their property during the inspection, court documents show. According to documents filed to the court, Judge Philip Robin ordered odour experts for council and Carr Farming Trust to finalise another report by 5pm on Friday.

Govt moves to clean up fowl stench

In an effort to deal with the stench and environmental risks from the solid wastes of the poultry sector, Government will embark on a project to clean up and beautify the industry, says Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj. Maharaj, speaking at a meeting with members of the poultry sector at Marriott Hotel, Invaders Bay, said that the project will approach the Green Fund and other United Nations agencies for financial and technical support. The Food Production Ministry, he said, through the Agricultural Development Bank and in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, is conceptualising "Greening of the Poultry Sector". Maharaj said a comprehensive environmental scan of the sector will be completed to determine the number and location of poultry farms and pluck shops, the number of chickens raised at each farm annually, the total waste produced, an analysis of the poultry litter and where it is spread and a soil analysis of areas where poultry litter is spread. A clean development mechanism project will be developed, he said, that will treat with the solid waste emitted by the poultry sector. Additionally, trees will be planted and ventilation systems will be modernised to treat with potential air pollution. The poultry industry, said Maharaj, has seen phenomenal growth worldwide and in this country the poultry sector accounts for more than 50 per cent of agriculture's contribution to GDP. Maharaj said over the past decades with the sector's growth there is far more waste that can be managed by land disposal, resulting in environmental problems. "As you may know, poultry facilities are a source of odour and attract flies, rodents and other pests that create local nuisances and carry disease. Odour emissions from poultry farms adversely affect the life of people living in the vicinity. Odour associated with poultry operations comes from fresh and decomposing waste products such as manure, carcasses, feathers and bedding litter," he said. On-farm odour, he added, is mainly emitted from poultry buildings, manure and storage facilities. "Odour from animal feeding operations is not caused by a single compound, but is rather the result of a large number of contributing compounds, including ammonia, volatile organic compounds, and hydrogen sulphide," said Maharaj. "Although generally not causing any public health concern, odours can represent a strong local problem that is frequently reported by farms' neighbours as the most disturbing environmental impact," the minister added.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Mysterious Odour ?

The City of St. John's is aware of a foul odour over the weekend and again today that seems to be emanating from the downtown area and spreading for miles east and west. But there doesn't seem to be any answers as to where it's coming from. A city spokeswoman said the manager of St. John's sewage treatment plant at St. John's harbour smelled the odour herself on the weekend and set out to check out the plant's functioning. However, she said, everything was functioning well at the plant. "It's definitely not coming from there," she said. The spokeswoman said a further check today with the city's environmental services staff couldn't find any breaks in sewer pipes that could cause such an odour. "So, it doesn't seem to be anything with the city that has caused it," she said. The harbour does have a unique odour of its own, she said, and the foggy, damp conditions on the weekend could have contributed to it spreading, but that doesn't seem to explain the strong foul odour many people in the city have described as being like raw sewage. On the weekend, two of the largest cruise ships to ever visit the city were in port around the same time the odour was at its peak. The spokeswoman checked into how their sewage tanks are emptied and told The Telegram, she was assured they were pumped out by Crosbie Industrial Services trucks after arriving in port. She said the city has actually made strides in cleaning up St. John's Harbour and its treatment plant has been functioning so well in recent weeks, the city will likely soon provide a public update on the project's overall progress. In the meantime, city officials are interested in finding the source of the foul odour, but have no idea where it's coming from.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Surfactant Enhanced In Situ Chemical Oxidation Treatment of Non Aqueous Phase Liquids

Surfactant Enhanced In Situ Chemical Oxidation Treatment of Non Aqueous Phase Liquids

Friday, July 06, 2012

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New plan to beat waste plant stink

A waste plant is planning to double the size of its chimneys to try to get rid of odours upsetting neighbours.

Residents in Farington have been complaining about the stenches coming from Lancashire Waste Technology Park in Sustainability Way, Leyland, for more than a year.

Now bosses at the £320m site, a joint venture between Global Renewables and Lancashire County Council, have applied for planning permission to extend five biofilter exhaust chimney stacks in a bid to tackle the smells.

They reckon increasing the height from 39ft to 82ft will disperse the air better and greatly reduce the odours. They also want to heat waste using a new machine to reduce the pressure on the system they already have

A planning statement, submitted to South Ribble Council, explains: "The primary function of the odour management system installed is to reduce the potential for impact on local residents and their environment.

"Its current configuration is not as effective as originally envisaged and accordingly, the proposed increase in height of the stacks has been

modelled as the most effective and immediate way of ensuring that potential fugitive odour issues can be mitigated to the appropriate levels as originally planned."

Some neighbours reckon the plan will not be enough to tackle the smells, however.

Objector Stephen Oldham, who lives on nearby Bispham Avenue, wrote: "Raising the height of the exhaust stacks will not have any effect on the odour.

"The problem should be solved at its source, with no odour being emitted into the atmosphere. More than doubling the height of the stacks will have an adverse effect on residential property."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guidelines for Recycling Plant

RINGWOOD-based business CMA Recycling is being forced to comply with strict operational guidelines following a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last week. VCAT has ordered Maroondah Council to endorse the management plans developed throughout the tribunal proceedings, including dust, noise and odour regulations. Council chief executive officer Frank Dixon said the decision was welcomed "as it imposes many, and very detailed, obligations on how CMA must operate its business and how CMA must monitor the impact of its operations on others". "Clearly council's decision to bring the proceedings was justified and necessary to bring CMA's operations into line," he said. "While holding CMA to account has consumed significant council and community resources, council remains committed to protecting the amenity and health and safety of its community." But the tribunal hearing showed CMA was not entirely in the wrong, with senior member Jeanette Rickards, who presided over the hearing, saying "it seemed to me that in relation to the management plans neither [the council] nor CMA were very clear as to what they really wanted". "The plans presented required a considerable amount of work from both sides to ensure that they are effective, enduring and implement a reliable regime in terms of management, particularly of dust, noise, odour and explosions." The Weekly recently reported CMA had announced it would be moving the Heatherdale Road shredder within two to three years to a more "suitable" location.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Smell you later: The nose knows - and can significantly boost memory of products

Contrary to popular belief, researchers say the true power of scent isn't in affecting our mood — surprisingly, an uncommon occurrence — but rather its capacity to make us linger longer, spend more, recall brands more positively, and greatly improve our memory for products. In fact, a new study shows the latter effect is so potent that it even outshines an advertisement's visuals in terms of boosting brand recall. "When I first started doing this work, I assumed that if scent had an impact, it would be primarily related to people's moods. But it's actually rare that I find that effect," says Maureen Morrin, a professor of marketing at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "In my analyses, memory is improved because scent makes people pay closer attention to things. It makes them look longer and process more deeply." This bears out in a study conducted by Morrin and May Lwin, of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, using 100 women in a simulated movie-house environment. The cinema was used because it's one of the last strongholds of captive audiences, with consumers being unable to fast-forward through ads and less likely to divert their attention from them. Participants were shown a spa ad in one of four conditions: scented theatre, ad with pictures; scented theatre, ad with no pictures; unscented theatre, ad with pictures; unscented theatre, ad with no pictures. In the scented condition, a rose-sandalwood combo was used because pre-tests revealed it as an especially pleasant odour to women. Ad recall was tested five minutes later, and again in two weeks, with a scent strip used to trigger memory. In both cases, scent proved a mighty force. "When the ad contained pictures as opposed to no pictures, memory went up. If you added a scent, memory went up. And if you had both pictures and a scent, consumers' memories improved by more than those two things added together; that is, one plus one equalled more than two," says Morrin, whose study appears in the Journal of Consumer Behaviour. "So not only do scent and pictures help memory, when you put them together, they have a super-additive effect." But don't expect commercials in smellovision anytime soon. Morrin notes that the cost of installing scent diffusers in theatres is unlikely to be tolerated until studies establish a clear return on investment. She also says there are limitations to its use in large groups because many people have olfactory sensitivity. The effects of scent on brand recall are so strong, however, that marketers can be expected to leverage them in more practical ways — some of which you may have already experienced. A handful of Canadian liquor stores, for example, have pumped the aroma of freshly cut grass into beer aisles to evoke cracking a cold one at a BBQ. Last year, Spy Kids 4 was presented in "aroma-scope," with audiences being given scented cards to sniff at different plot points. There are even burger-scented candles designed to remind White Castle patrons of the chain's beefy fare. "When you're in an environment with a pleasant odour, somehow your brain is telling you that it's a safe place," says Morrin. "It's almost a Darwinian thing." Indeed. Survival of the fittest wallet.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Clean Harbors rejects lawsuit claims

The Clean Harbors hazardous waste facility St. Clair Township operates a landfill and incinerator. CATHY DOBSON/THE OBSERVER/QMI AGENCY ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP - As the deadline looms for Clean Harbors to clean up millions of litres of odorous leachate at its hazardous waste site, the company denies causing neighbour Jim Stenton any health problems. A statement of defence filed in answer to a $25,000 lawsuit from Stenton states that Clean Harbors Canada “acknowledges that odour issues have arisen at the Corunna facility. “But testing performed by the government would indicate that the odour issues did not present a health issue,” says the statement filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Stenton, 64, lives within a few kilometres of Clean Harbors’ Telfer Road site. He says that a “putrid” stench from the site woke him numerous times in July 2011 and caused him to leave his home. His claim describes various health impacts including shortness of breath, headaches, watery eyes, nausea and swelling. On two occasions, the claim states, 9-1-1 was called when Stenton experienced high blood pressure, nausea, and a headache. Both parties say they are awaiting a date with a judge for a settlement conference. However, Stenton said Tuesday he wants to go to trial. “Unless they come up with an unconditional full settlement, I’m ready to risk court costs and whatever it takes,” he said. “I’ve been fighting this thing off and on for 40 years and they need to clean up their act.” The Environment Ministry ordered Clean Harbors to remove more than 20 million litres of smelly leachate from its property by Thursday. “The ministry inspected our facility two weeks ago and we received confirmation that we met all the terms and conditions of their orders ahead of the May 31 deadline,” said Phillip Retallick, senior VP of regulatory affairs for Clean Harbors. The company spent more than $1 million to incinerate or remove the leachate. About half was destroyed in the on-site incinerator and some was shipped to an U.S.-based commercial hazardous waste injection well. The rest was captured in two new leachate ponds that have been covered with impervious roofing. “Right now the working face of the landfill, which had the accumulated leachate, is dry,” Retallick said Tuesday. “We believe these changes we’ve made will mitigate if not eliminate odours.” Clean Harbors will be “vigilant” in the future to ensure its hazardous waste doesn’t impact the surrounding community,” Retallick added. “We will not let our guard down.” The storm water management system at the landfill has been improved to ensure processed water and non-processed water doesn’t mix, he said. The intense odours, which neighbours complained about for about six months, were likely caused by a lot of rainfall over the past three years and a buildup of leachate, Retallick said. “We were not able to do as good a job controlling the amount of runoff as we should have.” The MoE’s Kate Jordan confirmed Clean Harbors has complied with the ministry order to reduce and control odour. The order remains in effect and the company is required to continue to report on its incineration schedule, she said. Despite hot temperatures in May there were no odour complaints related to Clean Harbors from neighbours, Jordan added. “It looks like they’ve done everything the ministry ordered,” agreed Lori Vokes, spokesperson for several dozen residents who live near the site. “The neighbours have been telling me there’s been a big improvements in leachate odours there. We’re cautiously optimistic the problem is finally under control,” Vokes said. “When I look back on it, the million dollar question is why did Clean Harbors and the ministry allow these massive amounts of leachate to accumulate. “It’s like watching a toxic time bomb and not doing anything about it, just waiting until it goes off to do something.”