ALBERTON -- Odour given off from a seaweed/shellfish compost mix recently spread on fields within Alberton town limits generated discussion during the October meeting of Alberton Town Council.
Representatives from the Departments of Agriculture and Environment were in attendance on an invitation from Council and so was a representative from Westech Agriculture, the farm applying the compost mix.
Town Hall received several calls in the past two weeks, it was noted, from residents concerned about the smell. Two residents attended the meeting to express their concerns.
The Department of Agriculture can request the farmer to plow the compost under, but council learned the Department currently has no means of enforcing best management practice guidelines with respect to the compost mix.
If action with request to the Agriculture Department’s request is not taken, Council was told, the Department of Environment can impose time limits for addressing residents’ concerns.
Council also learned it can appeal to the Farm Practice Review Board to mediate between the farm unit and neighbours. Farm worker, Maxine MacLean, urged residents to contact the farm directly when they have concerns.