Environmental and zoning concerns over an organic materials recovery centre in southwestern Ontario have been shut down yet again by an Ontario court.
The Southgate Public Interest Research Group, known as SPIRG, has been in court several times to fight the biosolids-to-fertilizer processing facility operated by Lystek in the township’s Southgate Eco Park.
A panel of three Superior Court Justices denied a final appeal by SPIRG on July 2, 2014.
“This is a great day for the township and the Eco Park,” Southgate Mayor Brian Milne said in a statement. “As we have stated all along, the due diligence was done and the Lystek building permit was issued after detailed review by the Township. This is final recognition by the courts that the process was completed legally and appropriately.”
Lystek’s Southgate facility has been operating since April 2013. It has diverted more than 53 million kilograms of biosolids and organics from landfills and has the capacity to produce up to 150,000 tonnes of high quality, federally registered, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) fertilizer sold under the brand name LysteGro.
SPIRG is responsible for paying all costs of its multiple failed attempts to appeal the Lystek facility. This includes costs incurred by Southgate Township.
“This decision is what we expected and we are obviously pleased with it,” said Kevin Litwiller, Director of Business Development for Lystek. “As stated previously, Lystek is proud of to be part of the Southgate Eco Park. We have always been confident that the building permit was properly issued and that Southgate was the right place to invest.”