Letter to Wheatland County Residence
On March 13th, 2021 the rural residents in Wheatland County staged a ‘peaceful protest’ against the planned recommissioning of EarthRenew’s fertilizer facility on-site at the Catteland feedlot. A resident, who was interviewed by Global News cited concerns around the smell associated with the plant and how in the past, it wafted as far as Drumheller and affected nearby residents' ability to carry out day-to-day actives on the farm.
EarthRenew understands and respects that quality of life and environmental stewardship for families and future generations is important to the residents of Strathmore and the surrounding area. This is important to all of us at EarthRenew as well.
We empathize with those families in the community that had a bad experience with the prior iteration of EarthRenew in 2009 – the company is now operated by new individuals who are serious about being good neighbours. The facility is being designed to mitigate odours. Full Stop. The technology exists to reduce noxious odours and we have every intention of using it. In fact, our partners at Cattleland are looking forward to a manure solution that eliminates any possibility of nutrients leaching into the water table and gets rid of stockpiled manure.
While our business does have some small water requirements, as most businesses do, the amount of water we are seeking to have access to is equivalent to 2 households worth, or the size of an Olympic swimming pool. We will not take more than our share.
In the past 10 years, the attitude towards proper environmental stewardship has only intensified. Government organizations and private citizens are better informed and more organized around environmental challenges. We know that the business environment has to change as well to reflect what people truly care about. Our company is centred around the goal of improving soil health by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity to ultimately, improve carbon drawdown and reduce climate change.
We welcome constructive dialogue and will continue to engage with Stakeholders in an attempt to build a new path forward with residents of Wheatland County.
Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you have neighbours you believe may be interested, please feel free to pass this note along.
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Frequently asked questions
Historically, EarthRenew operated a fertilizer plant that used waste heat from a turbine to heat-treat manure and generate fertilizer. That plant stopped production in 2010 and the equipment associated with production was removed. EarthRenew is now seeking to recommission the organic fertilizer plant. We are upgrading the equipment in the existing building and applying improved technology to produce organic fertilizer. The physical footprint of the manure processing and preconditioning building is 1.3 hectares. 10 tonnes of fertilizer pellets will be produced per hour when we are fully operational.
The Strathmore facility is our flagship plant to be used a model as we expand to new locations in Canada and the USA.
EarthRenew is not currently diverting any water. EarthRenew’s proposed water license allows us to divert up to 2,124 cubic meters of water annually for power production. EarthRenew does not expect to require any additional water for the production of organic fertilizer.
No, EarthRenew’s operations will not impact the quality of local groundwater resources or surface water bodies. EarthRenew’s handling process for manure does not pose any contamination risk to groundwater via our on-site groundwater well. EarthRenew’s facility will have a waste management plan that includes how wastes are handled. This is a requirement under Alberta Environment and Park’s EPEA Act.
We are aware that the old plant created odours that affected neighbors. Although we have kept the same company name, we are a new organization with a new management team. We are fully committed to managing and reducing unpleasant odours that may result from our operations. We are currently working with our consulting engineers to determine the best methods for odour and pollution control which may include:
Odour Control System: the process stack will be fitted with a state-of-the-art odour control technology specifically designed for removing nuisance odours. The new process stack will also be higher than the existing stack which will improve dispersion and dilution, reducing detectable odour at the fence line.
Cyclones: The dryer stack is fitted with a series of cyclones that remove particulate matter in the air stream coming from the dryer.
Dust Control System: A network of vacuum tubing collects dust from operations and moves it into a bin. This prevents the dust from being airborne and carried outside the facility.
EarthRenew is working with an environmental consulting firm to develop our EPEA application for our operations. This work involves developing an odour management plan and conducting and air quality impact assessment. The air modelling will be conducted according to the requirements of the Alberta Air Quality Model Guideline, which is an established practice.
EarthRenew’s EPEA approval for the power plant requires the installation of emission reduction equipment for the process stack to ensure nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM2.5), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are within regulatory limits. EarthRenew reports annually to the AEP according to the Annual Emissions Inventory Report Standard and Guidance Document (AEIR). In 2019, our facility’s emissions were below the applicable AEIR reporting thresholds.