Thursday, November 26, 2015

Shell Canada fined C$825,000 for 2013 refinery odour leak

Shell's company logo is pictured at a gas station in Zurich April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -

The Ontario government on Tuesday ordered Shell Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell , to pay C$825,000 (£546,727) in fines for discharging a contaminating odour from its Sarnia refinery in 2013.

In a statement, the Ontario Ministry for Environment and Climate Change said Shell had pleaded guilty to one offence of permitting a discharge of an odour containing mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas.

The Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre is located in Corunna, Ontario, and on Jan. 11, 2013, employees discovered a leak from a line containing mercaptan, which flowed into an on-site ditch that empties into the refinery's storm sewer system.

The odour affected a number of people in the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation, with several complaining of sore eyes and throats, headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Shell was fined C$500,000 for the offence, plus a victim surcharge of C$125,000 and ordered to donate C$200,000 to the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

(Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic

In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Did you know that you actually smell with your brain, not your nose? The sense of smell is the first of all our senses to develop. Even before we are born, our sense of smell is fully formed and functioning.

GREENWICH-MOHAWK REMEDIATION: Odour woes halt excavation work

Excavation work has been halted in a concentrated area of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield remediation site after intense odours were generated over the past two days.

The city announced Wednesday that cleanup work at the north end of the site at 347 Greenwich St. was stopped due to smells emanating from a heavy concentration of petroleum hydrocarbons. The odour had been magnified due to unseasonably mild temperatures combined with humidity and dense fog overnight Tuesday, according to a media release from the city.

On Wednesday morning, two large hand-painted signs on plywood were spotted propped up near the brownfield site, bemoaning the ongoing odour resulting from remediation work.

Red painted letters on one read: "How sick R we of the smell," while a second read: "Please stop. Fumes R making us sick."

The bad smells, which vary in description from heavy oil or asphalt to electrical or burning smells to a chemical stink, first became an issue in July. The stench results from excavation work in an area heavily contaminated by oil or petroleum hydrocarbons over many decades by industries long gone.

Residents in the Eagle Place and Echo Place neighbourhoods have complained about smells permeating their homes and of being unable to enjoy their properties as well as suffering from headaches and sore throats.

One Mohawk Street resident, who preferred her name not be used, said the recent worsening of the odour became "super strong" on Tuesday night.

"I got up this morning and I could still smell it in my garage," she said Wednesday morning.

"People are really tired of it," she said.

The resident said the city has done a good job of keeping neighbours informed and she understands that "before things get better they'll have to get worse."

On Wednesday, the city announced it was taking action to decrease the impact on area residents.

Excavation activities on the concentrated area were halted until further notice. And as of late Tuesday efforts have been focused on odour management and excavation on other areas of the site, further from neighbourhood properties.

The city said that an additional vacuum truck will remain on site and be dedicated to oil skimming operations.

As well, additional daily applications of odour suppressing foam will be used on problem surfaces, including stockpiles and excavation slopes.

The city also announced that it will reassess the work program to ensure that heavily concentrated areas are excavated at a future date when warm temperatures do not worsen odours.

Ministry of Environment representatives visited the site on Oct. 29 in response to odour complaints caused by high winds and a large volume of rain that fell on Oct. 28, said city spokesperson Maria Visocchi.

Officials confirmed that air quality levels remain consistent with ministry standards and all volatile organic compounds data collected to date is within ministry guidelines, she said.

Daily air monitoring is scheduled to continue through November.

As of Nov. 1, 83,000 cubic metres of soil had been treated either through bioremediation or a coarse material wash treatment, according to the city. In addition more than 100,000 litres of oil has been skimmed from the excavation water and recycled.

Last week, area residents also were notified via a letter in their mailboxes of work being done in the northeastern portion of 22 Mohawk St. involving the removal of a small area of xylene-impacted material. Xylene is a solvent found in petroleum, gasoline, coal and wood tar.

The material was taken to 66 Mohawk St. to be treated. That work was estimated to last two to three days and may have resulted in a "magic marker" smell to the air, according to the city.

Additional monitoring of air quality levels was conducted during that work and it was possible that workers in the immediate excavation area would be required to wear respirators, stated the letter to residents. Air monitoring indicated that no applicable ministry standards were exceeded, the city said.

Odour issues have been a concern since July, but smells became overpowering in September when workers hit a heavily contaminated oil pocket at 347 Greenwich St. The oil was nearly a quarter-inch thick. Excavation work was then temporarily stopped and workers concentrated on cleaning efforts and odour control.

The Greenwich-Mohawk site was once home to come of the city's biggest and best-known factories, including Massey, Cockshutt and Sternson. The site was heavily contaminated and the city is conducting a massive cleanup operation.

Remediation is expected to continue to the end of March but if more work is needed, it may continue to the end of December 2016.

Charlton residents rally over abattoir odour, disease fears

Andrew Backhouse | 30th Oct 2015 5:00 AM 

A GROUP of residents with concerns about a proposed meat processing facility on the outskirts of Toowoomba is holding a community meeting tonight. FKG Group is planning to build an $80 million abattoir in the Witmack Industrial Park about 10km west of Toowoomba. A development application is before Toowoomba Regional Council. The public notification stage ended on September 22. Speaking on behalf of residents, Chrissie Bach said in their view the development did not belong in its proposed location, which is zoned for medium impact. She said neighbours of the proposed facility were worried about offensive odours and the impact they would have on future development in the Charlton precinct. Ms Bach also raised concerns about alleged health risks. Toowoomba union delegate Chris McGaw and Oakey veterinarian David Pascoe have publicly raised noise, odour and planning concerns about the project. FKG Group manager of property development Dallas Hunter has defended the project saying the state-of-the-art design would ensure that the facility would have little to no impact on nearby residents. "It's just as important for us and our neighbours that we have a low-impact or nil-impact plant and that's what we're designing," he said.

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Egg farm odour will hit residents of West Belconnen, says Parkwood owner

Parkwood Eggs in Belconnen is worried the smell from its laying sheds will affect residents of a planned new suburb. Parkwood Eggs in Belconnen is worried the smell from its laying sheds will affect residents of a planned new suburb. Photo: Jeffrey Chan The owner of Parkwood Eggs has slammed the West Belconnen housing development as way too close for comfort, indicating that much of the proposed new housing will be affected by smell from the barn egg farm. Pace Farm chief executive Paul Pace says the business will probably be forced out of Canberra when its lease expires if the new suburb goes ahead, with the loss of 65 primary production jobs. He described the proposed clear zone of 750 metres around the Parkwood Egg farm as completely inadequate. But the company's claims were rejected on Friday by the Land Development Agency, whose deputy chief executive, Ben Ponton, said there would be no smell for residents outside the 750-metre buffer and when development began inside the buffer the egg farm lease would be cancelled. Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has approved a territory plan change to pave the way for the housing development, which will have 11,500 homes, spilling over the border into NSW. The development has sparked concerns about the impact on the adjacent Ginninderra Falls area. Mr Gentleman approved the Territory Plan variation without referring it to the ACT Parliament's planning committee, a decision described as disappointing by Liberal planning spokesman Alistair Coe. The West Belconnen development area, earmarked for 6500 homes. Parkwood is in the top right of the development area, near the border with NSW and in part of the zone coloured pink. The West Belconnen development area, earmarked for 6500 homes. Parkwood is in the top right of the development area, near the border with NSW and in part of the zone coloured pink. Photo: Supplied "What is the purpose of having a planning committee if it is not to consider massive housing estates?" Mr Coe said. Pace Farm commissioned a report from Katestone Environmental, which concluded the government's report had significantly underestimated the odour emissions from the egg farm – and could be out by a factor of more than seven. A clearance zone of between three and four kilometres was necessary to meet NSW odour guidelines and reduce the impact on residents to an acceptable level, Pace Farm said. In NSW, a developer would be required to carry out high-level modelling, especially when the plan was to rezone land "to permit some 30,000 people to reside in the vicinity of the largest poultry farm in the region", it said. Pace has seven sheds with 189,000 chickens, but permission for as many as 10 sheds, housing 270,000 chickens. The Katestone report said the government-commissioned odour report had assumed an odour emission rate of 4 OU ("odour units") per minute per bird, but that significantly underestimated the emissions from layer chicken farms, which could be up to 7.6 times higher. And while the government report had used a Victorian guideline of 7 OU in the absence of a Canberra limit, it would have been more logical to use the NSW limit of 2 OU. Whichever limit was used, both were exceeded at distances greater than 750 metres from the Parkwood farm in all directions except the north to north-east, Katestone said. To meet the NSW odour figure, the buffer should be three to four kilometres from the farm. To meet the Victorian figure, the buffer should be 2.5 to three kilometres. Mr Pace said Pace had recently switched from cage to barn eggs at the ACT farm, which also housed one of the company's three grading and packing centres nationwide. The Parkwood lease runs for another 18 years and Mr Pace said he had expected the business to remain on site for as many as 50 years, but his discussions with the government suggested the lease was highly unlikely to be renewed because the farm was incompatible with residential development. Mr Ponton confirmed that Parkwood's lease would not be renewed at the end of 18 years, and might be resumed earlier if the housing development went more quickly than anticipated. Parkwood was "absolutely" aware of that. "Parkwood Eggs know and has done for some time that the land is required for development in the next 20 years," Mr Ponton said. "They know what the rules of engagement are." The government rejected Parkwood's analysis, he said. The current Crown lease specified an exclusion zone of just 500 metres. The government-commissioned report had recommended 600 metres. And the decision to impose a 750-metre zone had been based on best-practice South Australian guidelines. ​Pace's concerns were set out in a submission to the Territory Plan change, but the government said an independent site auditor had endorsed the approach, it said. Riverview plans to sell the first property off the plan in June 2016, with residents living in the new suburb in the third quarter of 2017.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Benefits of Clean Water

The benefits of clean water and having plenty of safe water to drink are well known. Most of us have experienced the feeling of not getting enough water; when we feel sluggish and light-headed from being dehydrated.
Many common health problems can be avoided by all of us if we simply drink more water.
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water helps to flush out wastes from our bodies.
Water is a transport medium for the nutrients our bodies need.
Body temperature (perspiration) is regulated by the amount of available water in our bodies.
Water also regulates the pH balance and supports a multitude of physiological processes.
Being well hydrated elevates our energy levels and can help alleviate headaches.
Severe dehydration causes a multitude of health problems, not the least of which are fatigue, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, weakness, and loss of energy.
But some people have plenty of water to drink. Take the rain forest, for instance. Water is everywhere, but people still suffer from a lack of safe, clean water. The water they find to drink is often unsafe for them to consume. See "Water-borne Diseases"
So what they need is not just any water, but they need to experience the benefits of clean water! Clean, clear and safe water.
So, what do we mean when we use the term "clean water"? In the context of this website, we are referring to water that is safe for human consumption. “Safe” water is also a good definition. Safe water must be free from disease-causing pathogens. But water that is free of pathogens may still be clouded by sediment.
Water that is fit for human consumption must be clean and clear. It must be water that does not have offensive odor or color, making it undesirable and unpalatable, and deterring people from drinking it. It must be desirable to drink it and people must have confidence that they can give it to their family with certainty that they are giving them water that is fresh, clean, clear, healthy and safe.
Access to safe, clean water opens up a world of possibilities for community development. Without water, the most basic element of life, all other development efforts will hit a brick wall.
Sanitation and hygiene, working together with a source of clean water create lasting community health and sustained human growth and development.
Just the simple act of washing hands with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrheal disease. When coupled with the use of adequate sanitation facilities and a dependable source of clean water, the multiplied effects are even greater.
As a child, disease from lack of water, sanitation and hygiene carries over into the schoolhouse. A child’s education is affected by an increase in absenteeism, decrease in cognitive potential, and increased attention deficits. Young girls often stop going to school if the school lacks adequate sanitation facilities.
With the benefits of clean water, adequate sanitation, and good hygiene in place, educated individuals grow up to be enterprising adults, who become the owners of businesses, as well as corporate, community and national leaders.
From the early years of life, throughout childhood and into adulthood, water is the common beneficial factor determining the quality of life and the possibilities of the future.


Monday, June 01, 2015

Can Exercise Really Make You A Better Leader?

What does building your body have to do with building organizations and people? After cultivating a life-long passion and habit for a fitness regimen as well as an always on, “watch-what-you-eat” discipline, let me give you my personal opinion in one word: Everything. Here’s the deal. You can get the science-backed detail and the case for exercise anywhere on the internet. Launch into a Google search for “why should I exercise” and see all of this. Instead, let me outline some of the reasons why being fit will make you a better leader. As an advisor helping top executives solve strategic growth challenges in their businesses and teams, I often find myself reminding leadership of the importance of personal and professional growth as a significant precursor to organization growth. In other words, people growth drives business growth – not the reverse. There is a ripple effect that personal growth has on the engagement, confidence and ambition that employees bring to their work. Leadership is the spark to ALL of it. If it’s not happening, recognized or talked about in your workplace, it’s on you. A big piece of the puzzle in driving folks to own their personal development is encouraging an exchange of bad habits for good. Exercise is an easy win. If you’re driven to make a mark in leadership, here’s my case for why being fit will not only elevate your impact but fundamentally change the trajectory of growth for the people whom you lead: It Creates Energy and Stamina. Counterintuitively, you need to use energy to get more of it. This is why a person who sleeps a lot can still complain of being tired. After years of developing an afternoon exercise habit, I still find myself exercising at the end of the day. I can feel tired enough at the end of the day to go right to sleep; however, after exercising, find it hard to get to sleep. Exercise creates energy. It makes a huge difference when you’re leading people and families, doesn’t it? It Fuels Focus. In a world brimming with distraction and demands at every turn, there are very few activities left that allow a complete disconnect. Exercise removes your mind from the screens, calls, and multi-tasking. Quite amazingly, you’ll find your thoughts and focus during exercise settling on the most important priorities in your life. This has happened to me countless times – when I start an exercise session, it’s not uncommon to have a mind racing with lots of to-do’s, tasks, worries, etc, only to see all of that whittled down to virtually nothing 30-45 minutes later. Following exercise, I have a mind clear and focused, ready for action. It Drives Confidence. most effective and influential leaders exude confidence. If we’re not confident in ourselves, it’s impossible to express or have confidence in others. Being fit builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Leaders with low self-esteem can bring a defensive posture, a failure to recognize others or encourage mistakes, as well as a curt tone that discourages idea sharing into the workplace, unknowingly stifling the growth of others. As exercise begins to have positive change on our bodies, it shows up in the mirror and through compliments from those around you. As you start to feel better about yourself, confidence shows up at home and in the office. And so does a different attitude. This changes everything. It Unlocks Influence. Exercise releases key hormones in your brain that reduce stress and anxiety. We all have become accustomed to heavy bouts of daily stress which impact us personally, but more critically, the people around us. As leaders, unmanaged stress can have adverse affect on our relational skills with people, detracting from our influence. An exercise session can quickly deflate heavy stress, leaving you calm, cool and collected to be at your influential-best with people who matter. It’s Contagious. People who have successfully transformed their physical and emotional shape are admired, as it requires fortitude, discipline and perseverance. The achievement alone can inspire others, but more importantly, it establishes an example for personal growth that others will aspire-to or want to follow. As more people around you begin to latch onto a movement for better health, the accountability to a ‘new normal’ grows larger on the culture as a whole. It’s a Spark to Creativity. Hands-down, my very best thinking and idea time happens while exercising. As mentioned above, exercise has an incredible releasing effect, helping us to de-stress and prioritize in our lives. This calming and clearing-effect opens our minds and hearts to possibility-thinking which is a spark to creative ideas. Imagine an entire workforce engaged in this mode of thinking! It Triggers the Right Habits. When hard work pays off, it’s rewarding. Exercise is no different. If you’re looking for a starting point to big change, exercise is it. Building lean muscle mass and cardiovascular health is the sustainable path to long-term health. As you begin to feel physically and emotionally transformed, the positive results hardwire exercise as a habit. Generally speaking, we all want more of a good thing, right? Exercise is a spark to other healthy habits; most commonly, better nutrition and eating habits. Subconsciously, the more we exercise and improve our health, the less we want to do anything to damage the strong body we are building. Very rarely do you see a person leaving a gym lighting a cigarette? Could it be that a good habit can replace a bad habit? It’s Not About Us. Our bodies were designed for activity. This is why they hurt, get sick, or are rendered immobile if we aren’t active enough. You and I have been given only one body for the life and time we have here on earth. You’ve also been called to be a leader over your organization and your family. There are people everywhere who need you to lead them. And that means you need to be here so you can lead them. So, in the end, fitness is not really about us. And…neither is leadership. If you’re already into being fit, you’re certainly enjoying the benefits that I mention above. If you’re not, what’s keeping you from getting started? How valuable would it be to you to start a fitness program tomorrow? Most importantly, what kind of leader might you become to the people in you’re life who matter most, at the office and at home? You’ve been called. They need you. To be here. Now – go be fit! You’ll be glad you did. And so will they.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Green chemistry: understanding barriers and opportunities

We have a long way to go to mainstream green chemistry. Now in its 10th year, the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), a network of some 70 companies across sectors and supply chains, has undertaken a number of projects, aimed at supporting dialogue and model collaborations that advance research, development and adoption of green chemistry solutions.

These efforts have helped to: establish approaches to enhance chemical information flow, through supply chains, while protecting confidential business information; support informed decision making through supply chains on alternatives to priority chemicals; educate professionals across firms on the fundamentals and value of green chemistry and adoption models; connect firms across sectors to learn from each other’s challenges, and approaches to overcoming them; and support funding for research and development in green chemistry. 

Ten years ago, major barriers that we identified were resistance to change, concerns about lower performance of green chemistry solutions, lack of data to make the business case, lack of good information through supply chains, and uncertainty about what we mean by green chemistry. While some of these have been addressed over the past ten years, several still remain. A survey of GC3 members in 2014 identified a number of practical impediments including the high cost of research and scaling of green chemistry solutions and the lack of technically, and economically, viable options.

To better understand the barriers to, and opportunities for, accelerating green chemistry, and to build its “Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry”, the GC3 commissioned three reports for its 10th annual innovators Roundtable, held in April at Nike, Inc:
Making the business and economic case for green chemistry (Released on 5 May). Co-sponsored with the American Sustainable Business Council and undertaken by the consultancy Trucost, this explores the business and value of green chemistry through document review, interviews with key experts, and data analysis;
Barriers to green chemistry adoption and means to accelerate growth along the supply chain (to be released in June). This report, researched by chemical industry experts T Fennelly & Associates, identifies, through more than 50 interviews and document analysis, nine key deterrents to growth as well as four accelerators to more effectively drive it; and 
Measuring progress towards green chemistry (to be released in June). This white paper, drafted by Environmental & Public Health Consulting, examines the landscape of different types of metrics that can and are being used to measure progress and proposes ways they can enhance this.
These three reports, combined with 10 years of cross-sectoral dialogue in the GC3, note that the opportunities for adoption are promising but activity in this space is sporadic and mostly in reaction to some identified problem, rather than part of a comprehensive innovation strategy. A number of key barriers still exist, including:
  • the lack of robust analyses and data on economic opportunities and risks, specific to adoption on an industry-wide scale;
  • limited, widely used metrics to evaluate progress in research and adoption;
  • supply chain complexity, which creates fragmentation of demand for innovations by application, volume, specification, customer expectation and geography. Complex supply chains also create a barrier to change because they have established infrastructures, strong supplier-customer relationships and mature cost positions; 
  • incumbency, where existing industry infrastructure is so efficient that it is hard for new entrants to compete with the established supply chain; 
  • price/performance, where existing chemicals have set the standard. In other words they work well and are cost competitive. This becomes a greater barrier when the sustainability heads of brands or retailers ask for new, more sustainable options but the sourcing decision makers in the same organisation want those options at similar or lower cost;
  • concerns about switching risk, where changing to green chemistry alternatives could lead to market failures, such as market loss due to a product’s poor performance, brand tarnishing and other hidden costs, such as changes to process or equipment, material incompatibility, workforce training, or customer education;
  • lack of demand, where there is not enough, real or perceived, to make increased production worth the investment and where stakeholders are cautious to move forward to commit to demand or supply; and
  • market confusion, where conflicting information from studies and research, policy uncertainties and lobbying efforts lead to the value and risks of a green chemistry investment being unclear.
While the challenges are real, these research efforts and dialogue have identified a number of enablers, many of which are related to addressing supply chain misalignment, including:
  • increasing consumer awareness, particularly that of large institutional consumers and retailers – has been a significant driver of demand for safer chemistries. In the future, these large consumers need to have a greater understanding of the options available or on the horizon as well as realistic expectations of the process of developing and gaining required approvals and certifications for new chemicals;
  • developing smart policies. If these are well-designed, both supportive and restrictive, they can provide important incentives for green chemistry development, adoption and scale. For example, the proposed Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act would establish an advisory committee and action agenda for incentives, technical and information support, collaborations, demonstration, and education;
  • increasing collaboration and partnership across the value chain, including give and take (compromise). Addressing supply chain misalignment will require improved communication and joint working, at the earliest stages possible. This can help address issues such as cost and risk sharing, performance expectations, and demonstrating demand. Business to business collaboration needs to be supplemented with enhanced academic-business partnerships and mechanisms to link those with green chemistry challenges with those who might provide solutions;
  • using market forces effectively to drive innovation. Recent efforts in the health care, building and retail sectors demonstrate the important leverage that large purchasers have. For example, the GC3 has convened a group of seven major retailers (the Retailer Leadership Council) to engage in dialogue with large chemical manufacturers to accelerate development of green chemistry solutions for priority chemical functions. Brands, for example, in the footwear and apparel sector, can also collaborate in a pre-competitive space to drive innovative solutions;
  • understanding and informing the marketplace. Research is needed to better understand market forces and where they may be leveraged to the benefit of green chemistry, through knowledge of costs, barriers, policy and trends in demand, and workforce needs. Additionally, getting the right kind of information – on green chemistry solutions, incentives, success stories, etc - to the people who need it, such as supply chain actors and policy makers can help spur informed actions; 
  • developing better data and narratives and a more consistent metric: there is a clear need for data to make a strong business case. This includes quantifiable economic and health-related data, but also case examples that provide both transferable models and compelling evidence of successes. A more effective set of metrics can help better characterise momentum towards mainstreaming green chemistry; and
  • educating the next generation of leaders and champions in green chemistry. Building a cultural and institutional change will require significant changes in education – both within firms (and supply chains) and university training for scientists (as well as other disciplines) so that they can understand and evaluate how chemical design affects health and environment and are able to work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve product and material challenges, applying green chemistry techniques.
Recent research, and ten years of collaborative projects through the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, have demonstrated that there is increasing energy and commitment toward mainstreaming green chemistry. The challenge is now in channelling that energy towards a strategic and integrated vision. 

While green chemistry may not yet be mainstream, the tools and approaches to getting there are evolving: cross-sectoral, value chain collaboration is growing; innovative new chemistries and materials are being developed; and education and awareness are progressing. The challenge for the coming years will be to move from niche to scale. 

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Monday, May 18, 2015


IDENTITY THEFT (1/2): If you’ve ever had your identity stolen, you’ll know the impact can be financially and emotionally...

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Odour management is key to anaerobic digestion plants

For the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector to flourish, two key principles need to be addressed. First, the Government needs to enforce the diversion of food waste from landfill and incineration. Second, existing AD facilities must be designed with the best available technology and to the best operational standards. Biffa is running Europe’s largest food waste processing AD facility. Its energy deal with Sainsbury’s Cannock store allows the retailer to be powered by its own food waste using an electricity cable direct from the AD plant in Poplars.

This project brought the plant under the national spotlight and cemented its status as one of the UK’s most influential green ventures. When the company took over the facility from its building and commissioning contractors, it was falling well short of its contractual requirements for odour control. The biofilters designed and built to treat odorous air from the plant were not fit for purpose, and created a focal point of dissension from residents and the regional Environment Agency (EA) team. As any operator of a waste facility will know, protecting neighbours from unwanted environmental effects is a crucial part of fostering acceptance and respon­sible long-term engagement with local residents and businesses. In the Poplars case, residents – some of whom lived just 200m from the plant – were disappointed about the level and frequency of odour escaping from the plant. Biffa was thereby obligated to develop a robust and bespoke solution for long-term community harmony. With board-level commitment from Biffa to invest in an exemplar facility, we had the in-house skills to make it happen.

The EA had no template or pre­defined standards for an odour management plan for AD, so it took the company’s in-house engineering team to come up with the solution. Poplar AD 1 They researched across other industries to establish best prac­tice in technologies and manage­ment procedures, gradually drafting the odour management plan step-by-step. Sampling and testing each possible source of odour, and then benchmarking against best available technologies, the team finally engineered a robust odour man­agement system for the Poplars site. Biffa invested in a novel vortex scrubber system which uses a combination of speed, turbulence and moisture to separate volatile organics (odorous compounds) from the air stream.

The removal rate of the vortex scrubber is far superior to that of a conventional scrubber: its installation made a significant and lasting improve­ment. Pre-treated air from the vortex scrubber was then passed to the main odour control treatment plant, providing a double barrier to odour escape. While this pro­vides an effective abatement solu­tion, further works were needed to ensure robust 24/7 operations.
Once the new scrubber was installed, addressing any remain­ing odour followed the law of diminishing returns. The team introduced systems, procedures and equipment to tackle the challenge. There was no single cure, so the final plan included aspects of training, housekeeping, instru­mentation, controls, maintenance and system management. Despite the years of challenging problems,
Biffa has addressed the issues head on, investing a further £4m in process improvements at Poplars. This demonstrates the value that the company places on this flagship facility. The conditions and checks set out in the detailed odour management plan ensure that the plant operates to the highest possible standards and achieves mini-mal impact on the local environ­ment. The Poplars team is now proud to have received zero compliance assessment reports from the EA in the past 12 months, as well as a dramatic fall in odour complaints.

 Poplar AD 2 Taking three years and 15 drafts, the odour management plan was finally approved by the EA in March 2015. The improvement has elevated Poplars AD to a ‘best in class’ status with the EA. It is a UK first for such a facility and sets an example for others in the industry to follow. Lisa Pinney, EA area manager for West Midlands, said: “Biffa has made significant investment at the Poplars site. Through 2014, the AD plant has operated not only in line with its permit but also best practice for the industry, which shows what can be achieved when we work together well.” The Poplars management plan is now being used as a template for Biffa’s mechanical biological treatment facility in West Sussex, and is publicly available on the EA website for other AD developers and operators to learn from. Following this experience, the EA is now requiring that any pro­posed AD facilities have an approved odour management plan before being granted a licence to operate. This will further help the industry to raise its standards and prove that, as a green solution for society, AD is here to stay and will only improve.
The UK generates 14.8 million tonnes of food waste each year, yet many AD facilities are struggling to access this feedstock. Without more Government support for food waste collections, we run the risk of plants failing, financially and operationally. So Biffa is working hard to convince the Gov­ernment that separate food waste collections from homes and businesses is the right way to go. We would encourage operators to review their odour manage­ment systems and procedures, and to learn from what has been, at times, a challenging process. Despite separate food waste col­lections being unsupported by the main political parties, the Green Investment Bank’s recent report Smarter, Greener Cities:

Ten Ways to Modernise and Improve UK Urban Infrastructure highlights AD as ready to be “rolled-out immediately and at scale across the country”. Tackling the technology weak spots will pay dividends, particu­larly issues of odour release in urban settings. The EA is right to insist that odour management plans are approved as a prerequi­site to new AD developments. If AD is to fulfil its potential as the poster child for low-carbon Britain, we all need to play our part in protecting its reputation and delivering excellence.

Dr John Casey is Energy Division managing director at Biffa Economies of scale made it possible Compared with most AD facilities in Europe, Poplars is a giant. It treats 120,000 tonnes of food waste each year and generates 6.5MW of renewable energy, enough to power 15,000 homes.

The scale of Poplars has made Biffa’s investments possible, and it is important that the company helps the industry to follow in its footsteps.

Controlling sources of odour In order of priority:

1 Eliminating or reducing the source of the odour
2 Disrupting the transmission pathway to site boundary 3 Actively capturing and treating the odour, or increasing dilution and dispersion.

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. (

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. (

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. (

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

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.” (, 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.” (

“Impeccably researched.” (

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.

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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.

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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.

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

The new scentsation in search

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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."

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