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Composting Facility Orgaworld fined $900,000 Plus Victim Fine Surcharges (VFS) for Discharging Odour

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Composting Facility Orgaworld fined $900,000 Plus Victim Fine Surcharges (VFS) for Discharging Odour

Convicted - Orgaworld Canada Ltd.

Location - London

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to discharging a contaminant, namely odour, which caused adverse effects.

Date of Offence - during the period from July 2014 and ending on October 10, 2017.

Date of Conviction - October 26, 2017

Penalty Imposed -

  • On October 26, 2017, Orgaworld Canada Ltd. was convicted of nine (9) offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), was fined $900,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $225,000 and was given 3 months to pay.

  • The convictions involve two separate investigations and addresses all incidents involving the discharge of odours from the London Orgaworld facility that caused an adverse effect in violation of s. 14 of the EPA for the entire period from 2014 up to and including October 10, 2017.

Background -

  • Orgaworld Canada Ltd. (Orgaworld) owns and operates a composting facility located on Wellington Road South in London.
  • Air emissions from the facility are discharged into the natural environment via a stack that extends 60 metres above grade.
  • On July 25, 2014, April 17, 2015, April 26, 2015, July 30, 2015, May 31, 2017, June 23, 2017, July 12, 2017, and July 27, 2017, there was a discharge of a foul odour from the London Orgaworld facility.
  • The foul odour adversely affected individuals on Dingman Drive, Westminster Drive and Wellington Road South in London, who lost enjoyment of the normal use of their properties.
  • In one case, the discharge affected a Wellington Road South resident who experienced material discomfort as the odour affected his ability to breathe when he was outside.
  • In another case, the discharge adversely affected a Wellington Road bicycle business and a driving range, by interfering with the normal conduct of business.
  • The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges and nine convictions
  • The ministry is taking strong actions aimed at reducing Orgaworld's odour emissions, including issuing an order that is currently requiring the company to operate at only 30 per cent of its capacity.
  • We have also improved our tracking and response to odour complaints due to public interest and the concentration of industrial and manufacturing facilities located in South London.

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