Greenfield Ethanol – What the Smell?
I have to admit I have only been in Chatham a few years so perhaps explains why I have problems understanding how people here have put up for so long with the outrageous smell that permeates all corners of Chatham depending on the way the wind blows.
Driving by the plant itself is even worse. If you’re from outside of Chatham please I beg you only risk a drive by the plant if you have a head cold or sinus infection.
I won’t even ask who decided to locate the plant on the west side of the city – apparently prevailing winds weren’t a consideration at the time?
Now I did do a little digging and discovered apparently back in June of 2007 a mere 10 years after the plant first started operations in Chatham an announcement was made with our local
MP MPP Pay Hoy taking considerable credit telling us all about the installation of an odour eliminating thermal oxidizer. http://www.greenfieldethanol.com/media_20070625
My initial thought was – what did it smell like in Chatham before the thermal oxidizer?
Apparently however the thermal oxidizer wasn’t either thermal enough or oxidizer enough or perhaps Greenfield was too busy counting the government funding they were receiving to remember to install the thing and by mid-2009 the plant’s commitment to stop the smell by their own proposed ‘end of 2008’ was, well almost not newsworthy as is evident by the matter of fact article CKDP posted July 31, 2009. http://ckdp.ca/greenfield-ethanol-says-no-definitive-time-line-set-to-eliminate-smell-in-chatham/
It especially baffles me people put up with the smell when I have for years listened to complaints and outrage about the cost of the Capitol Theatre. At a nothing to sneeze at cost of approximately $20 million most would agree the Capitol may be the location of a live performance that absolutely stinks, however that is nothing compared to the 24 hour a day, 7 day a week assault on the senses ethanol has managed to create with over $70 million in taxpayers money in 2009 alone.
Yes that’s right: $70 million for some jobs, half a billion in revenue for farmers, and a lot of stench.
When it gets right down to it for $70 million this odoriferous offensive against our olfactory system really does need to stop.
A Smarter Option:
With so much federal funding Greenfield Ethanol needs to put a solution in place now.
With the municipal election coming up there is a real opportunity once and for all to motivate this company to end the smell. Candidates should all be encouraged to have as part of their mandate a plan to put a bylaw into effect that punishes Greenfield with fines for creating such a noxious aroma in the City and beyond, and fine them until the problem is solved.
Given the huge amount of funding the federal government enjoys handing Greenfield I am sure more money can be sent from Ottawa so Greenfield can get a thermal oxidizer that works.
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