Stop the construction of an odorous compost plant 2.1km from Trudeau Airport

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The Quebec Government has gone on record stating that the St. Laurent compost plant will be odorous in their document entitled “Lignes directrices”. An odorous facility built within 15 km of the airport is a violation of the Regulations of the Montreal-Trudeau Airport. These odours will attract birds from the two protected forests: Bois de Liesse 375 metres away and Bois de Saraguay 1 km from the proposed plant and predispose low-flying planes to the same fate as the accident on the Hudson River.

This plant will create not only a dangerous situation for all airline passengers arriving or departing from Montreal-Trudeau airport, but it will necessitate the killing of not only birds but any wildlife from the two neighbouring forests that will be attracted to the site by the odours generated by this compost plant and by the 140 daily trucks carting rotting food from half of the Island of Montreal.

With the bird population increasing worldwide, particularly that of the Canada Goose, which are native to this area, it will not be a question of “if” but of “when” an aviation mishap will occur.

The Quebec Government has made major concessions to their own prerequisites for compost sites to ensure that the St. Laurent site will be approved. The site does not meet their minimum stipulated 500 metre distance from residents, commercial enterprises or natural habitats. It also contravenes their process of “equalization”, which would equally and fairly distribute 4 compost plants throughout the Island of Montreal. The St. Laurent compost plant will process half the waste on the Island of Montreal and finalize the treatment of biome- thane of at least one other plant.

There has also been very little regard for the negative effects that this compost plant will have upon the recognized adjacent ecological community of Saraguay with its wetlands, forests, cyclist paths, hiking and cross-country skiing trails which are located well within or near the established parameters of the plant. Equally, the Quebec government dismisses the additional traffic that the 140 daily trucks would generate on an already congested Highway 13, which is located metres from the proposed plant.

We urge you to sign our petition and to call upon our Prime Minister to stop the construction of this federally-mandated compost plant at 9090 - 9091 Henri Bourassa West in St. Laurent, Quebec, and, instead, to relocate the plant to a location where it will do no harm.

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