The Southgate Organic Material Recovery Centre (OMRC) Public Advisory Committee (PAC), a voluntary plan of Lystek International to create an open flow of information to local residents about the biosolids-processing centre in Dundalk, has issued a press release in which it answers four questions from the public.
“The information is important to all Southgate residents concerned about the proposed OMRC Lystek facility in Dundalk,” said Committee Chair Stephen Redmond. “The press release is not a Lystek advertisement for the facility.”
The first question addressed is if Dundalk will be a dumping ground for Toronto’s waste.
“The OMRC has been designed as a processing facility for about a 100 km radius and could service any small and large municipalities within this area,” the press release said. “Material from the GTA will only be one of the sources of material for the Southgate OMRC.”
Residents also want to know if the Lystek facility will assist Dundalk with wastewater treatment.
“Dundalk is currently able to handle their own wastewater, however if needed in the future, the Lystek facility would be able to assist the Town of Dundalk with the treatment of its wastewater,” the release said.
Another question put to the committee is, Will the Lystek treatment facility emit nitrogen oxides from its stack?
“The only nitrogen oxides emitted from the centre will come from the front end loader operating within the facility” is the answer.
The question of royalties received by the township has also been raised.
The average royalty is $0.625 per tonne of biosolids processed, the press release says.
The five volunteer community members and chair of PAC meet on a monthly basis. Committee members are Glen Irwin, a farmer and Southgate Township councillor; Mary Fowler, a freelance reporter and former editor of The Dundalk Herald; Sarah Mason, a local university student; and, Karen Cheeseman, a local graphic artist. Stephen Redmond, a certified crop advisor, a former Environmental Management Specialist with OMAFRA and former resident of Dundalk, chairs the committee.