Friday, July 26, 2013

A stinky summer at Bunge!

Have you noticed the bad odours around the Bunge Plant down at Burlington and Victoria?  We’ve been talking with residents from the area who are telling us they can’t even open their windows in this nice, breezy weather because the stink is so bad.   If you live down there and the odour is impacting on your ability to open your windows or sit out and enjoy your yard, be sure to take the time to call the provincial Ministry of the Environment and file a formal complaint.  Under the provincial Environmental Protection Act, you have a right to be able to use and enjoy your property without experiencing ‘adverse impacts’. 

During regular office hours call the Hamilton District Office of the Ministry of the Environment at (905) 521-7650.   After hours call the Spills Action Centre at  1-800-268-6060.  
When you call, be sure to indicate that you would like to make a formal complaint, tell the officer the source of the odour, and explain how the odour is impacting on your ability to enjoy your property. 
We’ve learned over many years that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.  Call the MOE every time you experience the odour impacts – and encourage your neighbours to do the same. 

You can also call the company directly with your concerns.  Their telephone number is (905) 527-9121.

Bunge has an Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry, which includes an ‘odour abatement plan’ that they must follow to prevent odour impacts on their neighbours.   Their permit also requires them to track and properly respond to community complaints about their operations.  Click here to access the full text of the company’s permit.   

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