The number of complaints about foul smells from a Richmond composting plant has increased in recent months, even as the facility’s owners have been in talks over a new permit that hinges on air-quality concerns.
There had been 399 complaints related to Harvest Power as of Sept. 14, compared with 210 for all of 2015 and 105 the preceding year, says Ray Robb, manager of environmental regulation and enforcement for Metro Vancouver.
The air-quality concerns are a headache for Harvest, which is operating under a temporary approval from Metro that expires September 30. The complaints also highlight a challenge for governments: balancing the economic and environmental benefits of composting with the stench that can go along with the process.
And the effect of the bad smells is not necessarily restricted to people who live nearby.
“We get a lot of complaints that are Harvest-related that are closer to Harvest, like south Burnaby or Richmond,” Mr. Robb said in a recent interview. “But we’re getting complaints in Vancouver that we believe are [related to] Harvest.” read more >>