From The Gazette

Dorval

Dorval compost site pits city against airport

Public hearings into a proposed municipal composttreatment centre in
Dorval will go ahead Monday night even though Aéroports de Montréal is
against having the facility on its property.

The city of Montreal wants to turn 50,000 tonnes of organic waste
into compost at a closed facility it would build on Aviation Ave. in
Dorval on land owned by the ADM. Public hearings are being held into
the location of it and three other green-waste treatment centres the
city wants to build on the island.

But the airport authority is against the construction of a compost
facility within eight kilometres of its runways, said Christiane
Beaulieu, the airport’s vice president of public affairs. It poses a
safety risk, she said, because the centre and the dozens of trucks
entering and leaving it could increase the number of birds in the area,
posing a potential risk to aircraft.

Beaulieu said the ADM has repeatedly told the city since June it
opposes the Aviation Ave. site. The ADM sent Montreal a letter in
October the day after the public hearings were announced repeating its
opposition to the plan, she said.

The issue came to light at the end of last week when the Office de
consultation publique de Montréal, which is holding the public
hearings, released letters between the ADM and the city about the
Dorval site. The OCPM also made public a letter ADM sent the city in
December 2010 saying it was interested in leasing the Aviation Ave.
land to the city for the compost-treatment site.

The public-consultations office invited the ADM to attend Monday’s
hearings to clear up the confusion. But Beaulieu said there is no point
in attending since the ADM believes the Dorval site should have never
been the subject of public hearings.

Montreal executive-committee vice-chairman Alan DeSousa, who is in
charge of sustainable development, said the ADM’s decision took the
city by surprise.

The island-wide agglomeration council approved the Dorval site after
city officials spent months trying to find suitable locations for
compost-treatment centres around the island, he said. Over the summer,
studies were done for each site looking at issues like traffic and
noise. A separate study looking at bird hazards was done for the Dorval
site.

“We wouldn’t have spent money on detailed studies if there had been
even a glimmer of a hint that the site in question might not be
available to us,” DeSousa said.

To reduce odours and avoid attracting birds to the Dorval site, the
city proposes building a closed facility, using negative pressure to
prevent air from leaving the building, washing truck tires before they
leave the site, and using a double-door system: one that would open to
let in a truck, and then close behind it before a second door opens
into the facility itself.

Both the city and the ADM say their employees have visited
compost-treatment centres elsewhere in North America. The ADM said a
closed facility it visited in Ontario had a large number of gulls, as
well as smells and litter outside that could attract mammals,
increasing the chance of attracting large predatory birds like turkey
vultures. The city of Montreal said it saw no birdrelated problems at
composttreatment centres it visited close to airports.

For Montreal, the risk of bird strikes increasing because of a compost-treatment centre are very low, DeSousa said Sunday.

“We are quite prepared to sit down with the airport to investigate any concerns they might have,” he said.

2 comments

  1. Notwithstanding the advice of the ADM-Christiane
    Beaulieu, agglomeration council and Alan DeSousa still want to build a compost station at Dorval Airport. So what’s this tell you ! The actions of the  Vision Montreal and Alan DeSousa are clearly warped! This is Federal Land !! You’re not building anything there  You have wasted time, effort and our tax money Again! Blowing your own horns.. What are you thinking ?  Now we have the Luxury of ICAO here in Montreal (International Civil Avation Org.) who usually make recommendations after a crash, but not this time . I’m calling the Secretary General of ICAO, Mr. Raymond Benjamin, and will put a stop to this once and for all… Composting at a Airport is beyond a stupid idea… way beyond !! This should show to all that Alan DeSousa and the agglomeration Counci are clueless and wreckless. This project must be stopped before there is 1 accident !! Birds and  Planes don’t mix ..

     Alan DeSouse and the Agglomeration Council, whose names I would like publicly posted for all to see!

    Please have your paper work and data ready as well as any support agencies that you used to come up with your plans/data. This we all must see !!

    Furthermore should this ill faited plan somehow come into effect, do understand That Vision Montreal,  Alan DeSousa and the Agglomeration Council will be held responsible. ( The “we are not responsible for our actions”) will not fly this time !!!

    1 accident 1 loss of life and you will never live this down !! and God forbid a plane crashes on St Louis Street wiping out homes and people.. I don’t think you could get outa town fast enough..

    Its a nice plan in general .. the wrong people are clearly heading it up and the location is out of the question !! Dead Stop !!

  2. “We wouldn’t have spent money on detailed studies if there had been
    even a glimmer of a hint that the site in question might not be
    available to us,” DeSousa said.

    But its exactly what you did !

    The ADM sent Montreal a letter in
    October..yet

    Montreal executive-committee vice-chairman Alan DeSousa, who is in
    charge of sustainable development, said the ADM’s decision took the
    city by surprise.

    Sounds like you’re way out of touch on this matter, more like totally

    For Montreal, the risk of bird strikes increasing because of a compost-treatment centre are very low, DeSousa said Sunday.

    Looks like you’re not saying what you know, or you don’t know what you’re saying!

    The ADM said a
    closed facility it visited in Ontario had a large number of gulls, as
    well as smells and litter outside that could attract mammals,
    increasing the chance of attracting large predatory birds like turkey
    vultures. The city of Montreal said it saw no birdrelated problems at
    composttreatment centres it visited close to airports.

    Mr. DeSousa who do you think you’re joking .. they make tv shows out of stuff like this.. .. its called MayDay in some cases ICAO International Civil Aviation Org. makes recommendations, this time they were called before a major disaster happened ! I did my part !!

     

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