Alec McPherson, Cedar director on the Regional District of Nanaimo board, says RDN staff shouldn't await results of an odour study to action to control smells he says are coming from an industrial composting facility.
The RDN board of directors directed staff earlier this year to hire a contractor to monitor smells around the International Composting Corporation's plant, to pinpoint their source.
The RDN's contract with ICI requires no odours to escape the Duke Point property, but given its close proximity to the Harmac pulp mill, the RDN wants clear evidence of the source of odours wafting into Cedar, before taking action.
Complaints of smells from the Foundation Organics Ltd. food waste composing plant in Central Saanich resulted in the Capital Regional District pulling the company's operating licence earlier this month. RDN staff said no such consequences area in store for ICI, as long as the company continues to work toward reducing any odours that may be emanating from its plant, near the Duke Point ferry terminal.
That's not good enough for McPherson, director for Area A. He said company officials promised to erect a covered, steel-frame building to contain smells from piles of unprocessed foul-smelling material.
"I went back in July and a Gore-Tex tarp had been proposed. Here we find out they haven't done what we were asking, and now we're being told they're going to put on these ... tarps."
Now, "I see they're going to have it done, I think, by the end of October," McPherson said.
"As long as somebody says they're going to do something and don't do anything, that's not appropriate."
McPherson looks forward to the odour report, from a private contractor expected in time for the RDN's September meeting.
He said over summer he personally received 30 to 40 odour complaints each month from constituents, and he has no doubt of the source.
"We need to start seeing a reduction in odours," McPherson said.
"I can see (staff) will be waiting for the study results, but we're still getting complaints."
Dave Knox, ICI COO, could not be reached for comment.
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