In addition to not having installed the scrubber that the Environment requires, Anacolor simply does not process the discharges of several of its seven stacks in order to reduce the content of “volatile organic compounds” (VOC) It should do so, ministry inspectors found during a recent visit to the metal parts paint factory.
This is what is reported in the notice of non-compliance that the Environment (MDDELCC) sent to the company a few weeks ago and that a group of citizens of the neighborhood obtained by the Act of ” Access to information. The plant in Cap-Rouge, which is the subject of numerous complaints from the neighborhood since 2013 because of the odor produced its activities had been imposed last autumn installed before 1 st February 1 Purifier that would reduce its VOC emissions by 90%, odorous substances that are used as solvents by the paint industry. The ministry inspected the plant on February 2 and found that this condition was still not met – not surprisingly,
But in the document, the MDDELCC also notes “that only two chimneys out of seven undergo a VOC treatment whose effectiveness is not demonstrated [… while] all the emissions must be treated”. Since the inspectors passed, the company installed a new scrubber on two additional chimneys last week, but this one does not correspond to what the Environment demands and the smoke from the last three chimneys is still not treated .
Report to come
However, these are the chimneys from which the least VOCs come out, says Anacolor engineer and vice-president Richard Leblanc. The real test, he says, “will come, ultimately, from the report of the TAGA [the” mobile laboratory “of the Environment, which does the air analyzes] for the sampling that it made at the end of February 2017. It is these data that will enable us to measure exactly the impact of all our changes “. The company has replaced many of the products it uses and calculates that it has reduced its VOC emissions by 47% since 2014. It has also modified its smokestacks to Be more diluted when they go down.
Nevertheless, these new developments are disappointing in the eyes of Stéphanie Houde, spokesperson of the Citizen’s Association for Air Quality in Cap-Rouge. All the more so, she notes, the installation of a new scrubber last week was followed on Monday by an episode of particularly strong odors at the Marguerite-D’Youville primary school, located 350 meters from the factory and kept the children indoors during recess for a week because of the smells.
“We were wondering how it would go on Monday, the 13th [day when the” recesses “began to stand out, parents were torn between leaving the children inside or taking them out, Discomfort. And when we knew that a new scrubber would be installed on Friday […] we thought it would solve the problem, but on returning to school, the smell was very strong and I saw circulating on social networks that many parents wanted to complain, including people who had never complained before, “says M me Houde.
At the time of writing, the MDDELCC had not responded to an email from the Sun asking whether these intentions had turned into real complaints.
Mr. Leblanc pointed out in this respect that if the new scrubber was started last Thursday, it is still in the running-in period. “There are always variations from one place to another, so the company that installed it comes every day to take data and make adjustments. […] That’s why we always talked about April 1 for this scrubber, “he says.
He says that reports M me Houde for odors to school last Monday “does not match our reading.” The air analyzes that the company has been publishing on its site for two weeks show that a strong smell of “hand soap” (coming from masking products that Anacolor now uses) reigned near the factory on that day- And that it was dimly noticeable in the church, very close to the school. But the factory employee who does these surveys noted a smell of “wood-burning stove” in the schoolyard.
It should be noted that the February “Notice of Non-Compliance” is the eighth that Anacolor has received since 2013. Environmental analyzes carried out by the Environment in 2013, 2014 and 2015 have identified exceedances of standards for VOCs rejected by factory. After analysis of these data, Public Health concluded last summer that pollution is not enough to cause toxic effects, but that odors could trigger real symptoms (headaches, sore throat, nausea , Etc.) and that action should be taken quickly.