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Daishowa-Marubeni pulp mill’s annual spreading of sludge on area farms in Alberta raises odor complaints

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Daishowa-Marubeni pulp mill’s annual spreading of sludge on area farms in Alberta raises odor complaints

September 26, 2011 - 10:49
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PEACE RIVER, AB , Sept. 26, 2011 (Local News) -DMI's annual spreading of waste product on to farmer's fields in the Three Creeks area has been met with odour complaints from neighbours, resulting in an infringement of conditions layed-out by Alberta Environment.

The practise is the spreading of what DMI calls biosolids (also referred to as sludge) onto farmer's fields who volunteer for it. This is the fifth year the company has done this, and according to DMI Environmental Manager Tom Tarpey, it is welcomed by farmers as a means to fertilize their field, resulting in higher crop yield.

All is a-okay by Alberta Environment, so long as the practice meets the conditions, which include that it "cannot create offensive odours," according to spokesperson Trevor Gemmell.

Peace River Record Gazette - DMI's fifth year of spreading pulp and paper waste on fields around Three Creeks coincides with odour complaints from residents

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