MOE says biosolids have no impact; neighbours disagree

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Paul Leliveld doesn’t believe the Ministry of the Environment.
The Watford area man who lives across the road from Lasalle Agri’s biosolids storage facility at Highway 402 and Nauvoo Road was reacting to a letter sent to Warwick Township from the ministry. Mayor Jackie Rombouts had approached MOE staff about the growing pile of fertilizer made from human waste. Township officials are concerned about the environmental damage the runoff may be causing the smell coming from the pile which now almost reaches the roadway.
The MOE, in a letter to council, says ministry staff have inspected the site regularly and have confirmed there are no environmental impacts to surface water due to runoff.
Leliveld doesn’t believe it. He’s been concerned about the growing pile for over a year. When the municipality laid charges under the zoning bylaw, Leliveld expected the fertilizer would be cleaned up by November. Instead, the pile has more than doubled in size.
Leliveld, who bought his 80-acre property to enjoy the country life, now lives with the smell of the biosolids which can be so strong he sometimes becomes nauseous.
But there is another threat to Liliveld’s health – the transport traffic generated by the company. The exit into the site is almost directly across from the off-ramp. Liliveld says if you are driving north on Nauvoo Road, you can come over the overpass and find a transport stopped. It’s an accident waiting to happen and Liliveld says he’s had a couple of close calls.

Warwick officials have met with MTO officials to make them aware of the situation.


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3 Responses to “MOE says biosolids have no impact; neighbours disagree”

  1. mike

    I work out in Watford and drive by there a few times a day and the smell is overwelming. First, from the fertilizer, then from the dump. It is a accident waiting to happen with the trucks both going to the dump and Lasalle trucks going to their property.

  2. Jane Teskey

    just ask all us people out west of Petrolia when he built his house and had the pile out here to put on all his lot around the house before grassing . My friends could not get out of their cars with out getting a sick feeling , the seniors in the apts. across the street phone all the time and gave me heck for not doing something about their could not sit out side or open their windows . we all had headaches for a year we went away a lot on hot days in summer . this man not lying it smells

  3. shirley

    One can certainly smell this pile of dried dung when one drives by, we’ve taken to putting the vehicle on inside air while in the area. This product is said to be safe as fertilizer, however organic farms are forbidden from using it and it has traces of heavy metals and antibiotics in it. Put it on your land and it is contaminated for life. Why has this business chosen to store the product where it is in Warwick,,perhaps the pile should be moved next to the owner of this business if it is so sweet smelling. We need a township wide bylaw forbidding the storage of this product any where in Watford/Warwick. I understand most of this product is coming from the States, wonder why. The homeowners who were there first deserve better than what exists now.