The city of Hamilton says it responded to a provincial order Friday with an “action plan” addressing an ongoing odor problem with its biosolids facility in the far east.
A spokesperson says the collaborative resolution was submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) on the deadline that includes dialogue from private partner Synagro, which operates the facility near the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. .
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Updates to its complaint investigation process, material handling modifications, equipment maintenance, a ventilation system evaluation and a host of other “cleanup” tasks were the top five promises made to the province.
The issue comes in response to a dozen complaints about a stench that residents have experienced since May, allegedly coming from the facility.
The MECP confirmed to Global News that the odors are related to equipment failure with a sludge drying process that turns the muddy mass into fertilizer granules.
The $ 106 million biosolids project was approved in 2017 and began operations in the summer of 2020 with the promise to process up to 60,000 wet tons of biosolids per year over a 30-year contract.
The city is committed to about $ 245 million in plant investments over the three-decade period.
According to the company’s website, Synagro is connected to more than 20 large-scale biosolids processing facilities in North America, including 10 heat drying facilities.
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Staff expect to complete their action plan by the end of 2021.
“The city will conduct a third-party odor assessment on the entire property in early 2022 to ensure corrective actions taken by Synagro have resolved the impacts of odors on surrounding neighbors,” said the spokeswoman for the town Jasmine Graham in a statement Friday.
“This assessment will help the city assure residents that odor issues have been adequately addressed.”
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