Guelph fined $40K for releasing odours from transfer station
GUELPH, ONT-The city of Guelph was fined $40,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to discharging odours into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect, contrary to section 14 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act. On 27 separate occasions during 2005, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) received complaints about odours emanating from the city-operated Waste Resource Innovation Centre (WRIC). The facility is a refuse transfer station and dry recycling plant, operating under certificates of approval (C of As) issued by the Minisetry. Until the end of June 2006, Guelph also operated an organic waste processing plant at this location. The odours from the WRIC interfered with various residential and employment activities in the surrounding area. After an investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch, the city was charged with discharging a contaminant, or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant, into the natural environment. having pleaded guilty to the charge, the city has been given 30 days to pay the penalty.