An report into odours from an industrial food waste composting plant was not ready in time for tonight's Regional District of Nanaimo board meeting.
In the spring, the RDN board approved a study, contracted to consultants Morrison Hershfield, the same company hired by the RDN when it gave the regional waste treatment contract to International Composting Corporation.
Residents in the area have complained of nasty smells, and some blame ICC.
But Dave Knox, ICC chief operating officer, said Harmac pulp mill is the cause.
The report approved by the RDN board is not intended to find the source of the smell, but to ensure ICC meets its contractual obligation to stop smells from crossing the fence line at its Duke Point facility.
The first draft of that report landed last week, and has been sent back to the consulting firm.
"We've reviewed it and we're having some changes made," said Carey McIver, RDN solid waste manager.
In the summer, RDN staff members predicted the report would be ready for public review in time for the September board meeting.
The regional board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Cedar residents will have to wait.
At this rate, "realistically it will be November before it's public," McIver said.
She said the report will be highly technical. In that situation, staff would normally arrange a special workshop so the consultants can explain it to regional directors.
Then it would go the committee of the whole, which is where board members decide what action, if any is needed. Any recommendations go to the public board meeting for approval.
Alec McPherson, regional director for Area A (Cedar) is keen to know what the report says, and for the opportunity to grill its authors on what it all means.
"And I'd like to see where they set up all the monitoring (stations)," McPherson said.
"To my knowledge, none of them (residents) have been contacted, or have monitors on their property."
The complaints keep coming. "I can almost tell when we're going to get complaints, because the wind is fairly still when it happens."
The second draft of the report is expected back this Friday.
If so, a workshop on its findings could be held in October, before committee of the whole.
The public would not be prevented from attending the workshop, McIver said.
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