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Guelph charged for compost plant violations

The Corporation of the City of Guelph has been charged by the province's environment ministry for violations relati...


The Corporation of the City of Guelph has been charged by the province’s environment ministry for violations relating to the operation of its composting plant (now closed), mostly in regard to odour problems.Two of the charges single out former Guelph plant operator Cathy Smith (who is now a private consultant). The charges have not yet been proven in court.

The charges are as follows:

Count 1 – Between January 14, 2005 and October 29, 2005, did commit the offence of discharging a contaminant or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant, namely odour into the natural environment contrary to Section 14 (1) of the EPA.

Count 2 – Between January 14, 2005 and October 29, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 5 (1) (a) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to operate and maintain the site in an environmentally safe manner which minimizes odours, contrary to Section186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 5 – Between December 24, 2004 and July 27, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 23 (1) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to maintain a written record of daily site inspections, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 6 – December 21, 2004 and August 8, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with term or Condition 4 of amended Certificate of Approval number 9326-5ZUN89, by failing to notify the District Manager in writing, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 7 — Between May 11, 2005 and November 23, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 7 (1) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to conduct daily litter pickup from the site and roads and ditches within one kilometre of the site, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 8 – On May 11, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 9 (2) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to ensure that the Organic Waste Processing Building and composter are maintained at a negative pressure at all times unless an emergency occurs, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 9 — On or about September 7, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 9 (2) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to ensure that the Organic Waste Processing Building and composter are maintained at a negative pressure at all times unless an emergency occurs, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

Count 10 — On or about December 7, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 9 (2) of Provisional Certificate of Approval number A170128, by failing to ensure that the Organic Waste Processing Building and composter are maintained at a negative pressure at all times unless an emergency occurs, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.

The charges against Catherine Smith are as follows:

Count 3 – Between March 11, 2005 and March 16, 2005, did commit the offence of discharging a contaminant or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant, namely odour, into the natural environment contrary to Section14 (1) of the EPA.

Count 4 — Between March 11, 2005 and March 16, 2005, did commit the offence of failing to comply with Condition 5 (1) (a) of Provisional Certificate of Approval Number A170128, by failing to operate and maintain the site in an environmentally friendly manner which minimizes odour contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EPA.


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