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2014-07-11 at 17:07

Abattoir issues

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- The area's only abattoir might be in jeopardy, but Oliver-Paipoonge says it has a solution.

Thunder Bay Meat Processing has been in the area for more than 50 years. Until recently its nearly 6,000 pounds of weekly offal was put in the municipality's nearby landfill without issue.

But a complaint about smell has the Ministry of the Environment looking for changes.

Oliver-Paipoonge mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis said the changes would see the waste put in a separate pit with more soil cover put on top.

That's the option heading to council Monday night. If approved, she thinks that will be enough to satisfy the MOE.

"(Changes) aren't so extravagant that we can't do it so I don't that it would be a problem but I can't speak for five people I can only speak for me," Kloosterhuis said.

Local food consultant Raili Roy worries that the fix is a band-aid solution though and the abattoir will continue to face further changes. The municipality needs a long-term fix so that the dozens of farmers in the area can keep their livelihood. The closest abattoir is in Dryden.

"Without being able to process their animals they're not going to continue farming. We're not going to have any local meat anymore," she said. "Even dairy farmers need an abattoir. It would be catastrophic."

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rocketship says:
Of course animal waste from processing can smell. Would a proper incinerator be the answer? We most definitely need to support our local farmers!!!
7/11/2014 5:57:05 PM
ranma says:
It's been in place for 50 years, following the law and doing things properly. Suddenly one complaint is forcing things to change?

I smell something, and it sure ain't the smell of their offal.
7/11/2014 6:43:02 PM
ring of fire dude says:
It sounds like they only want to smell the sweet stench of garbage .
7/11/2014 7:09:54 PM
tsb says:
A proper incinerator is definitely the answer, but good luck finding funding for it. Northern Ontario has an exemption to Ontario's offal disposal regulations, it can be disposed of anywhere with no special precautions. You can put a garbage bag of offal on the curb in Thunder Bay and the city can pick it up, no problem. No violations.
7/11/2014 8:40:47 PM
anvil of crom says:
As a buyer of locally grown organic meat products, closing this long well family run business would be a blow to the area. Not only for buyers like me but for meat producers and the business itself.
The mill has smelt bad for years now only occasionally ...so...whats going on with that??
ahhh that's different..
why? its a NIMBY world.
7/11/2014 8:59:31 PM
Today1 says:
I find pig and chicken crap smell more offensive...but bacon and eggs sure smells good in the morning...good story haha
7/12/2014 12:39:49 AM
NFA16 says:
NIMBYism at its finest. After 50 years, this is becoming an issue only NOW?? Keep complaining yourself into a hole Thunder Bay, it's surely making this such a fine place to live. Of all the things we should actually be supporting (local farming), we complain about a trivial issue such as smell and jeopardize what really is a great thing! What's next? Are the farmer going to have to figure out a way to make the manure they use smell like flowers? Good grief. Of course it stinks. It's the dump. Everything at the dump stinks. If you don't like the way the dump smells, don't live so close to it. It's been there a long time, so this isn't anything new.
7/12/2014 9:45:15 AM
OliverPaipoonge Resident says:
There is no issue, residents here have a option either pay and have your garbage picked up or drive down John Street to TB landfill or best of all move back to the city. I can't believe that anyone would complain and put the livelihood of farmers and the good people at the abattoir in jeopardy, Mindboggling.
7/12/2014 10:59:10 AM
unknowncronik says:
just bury the stuff deeper & throw more dirt on it.....
sounds like the solution this town usually ends up doing for most issues anyways
7/12/2014 11:39:36 AM
YellowSnow13 says:
Let me get this straight. The abattoir has to shut down because the City Dump isn't doing its job? Only in Ontario!
7/12/2014 6:36:30 PM
hadenough says:
I read the article to say that the problem is at the Oliver Papoonge landfill but of course don't let that get in your way of a perfectly good rant.
7/13/2014 9:47:22 AM
sawmillsteve says:
Why is it an issue now? Probably city people moving to the country and complaining. Unreal....
7/12/2014 6:56:43 PM
mercy mercy me says:
so for 50 years all was fine? is the land fill site in the same area as the owners of the homes/cottages where beach access became an issue?....money talks
7/12/2014 11:24:27 PM
lake superior guy says:
"Keep complaining yourself into a hole Thunder Bay"..."drive down John Street to TB landfill"..."The abattoir has to shut down because the City Dump isn't doing its job?"
A bunch of comments by people with nothing better to do than try and impress others with their knowledge of the issue at hand. This business is located in Oliver-Paipoonge and uses a dump site in that municipality. Nowhere does it say that the city was involved nor the John Street landfill. Try understanding the facts before enlightening others with your thoughtful insight.
7/13/2014 4:12:40 AM
fastball says:
Jeez, you bought real estate near a slaughterhouse - and this comes as a big giant revelation to you?
Then again, my parents live in a rural farm area, and have received complaints from a new neighbor who doesn't like roosters crowing in the morning, and has complained about the farm irrigation water sprinklers being on during the hot dry summers.
7/13/2014 10:31:08 AM
donnybrook says:
Its not the city landfill, its one of the dumps in the Oliver-Paipoonge township. As for the smell, during the summer months when its warm and there is a slight breeze the stench from rotting animal guts can travel for miles so its not just the immediate neighbors who might have an issue with this. People may purchase homes in the area without realizing this place is up the road, you expect them to pack up and move?
7/13/2014 11:05:06 AM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
The story doesn't indicate if the complaint was due to odors while visiting the dump, or odors drifting into some residence ?

While visiting; breath through your mouth, not your nose.
Homeowner; the landfill and the abattoir scraps have been there for a long time.. did you not research your purchase ?
7/13/2014 12:55:32 PM
eddylives says:
So let me get this straight....
Country folk cannot move to the city and bring their lifestyle with them.
But city folk feel they can move to the country and change it to city style living....according to some of the comments here lol.
I tell ya "citiots" don't have a clue or a right to change squat...research your purchase and accept the lifestyle.
Do not expect any sympathy from those that have been established there for years if not generations
7/14/2014 10:57:47 AM
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