The company Sanimax, which is accused of polluting the air in the Rivière-des-Prairies sector, believes that in recent years it has done its best to improve the situation and rather blames the city of Montreal for that responsible for lack of action.
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Sanimax was responding to an outing by the Plante administration, which called for government intervention to end the harassment of the company.
“We are surprised by this sudden position taken by the City of Montreal yesterday, as it clashes with the inflexibility we are currently facing in implementing improvements to foster our coexistence with the Rivière-des-Prairies community” , the company wrote a written statement.
The company states that the action plan in Lévis was possible due to the collaboration and dialogue between the parties involved. She also claims to have proposed to the City of Montreal the basics of an action plan for her Rivière-des-Prairies plant.
“After more than two years of continuous exchange at all levels of administration, we are faced with a closed door. This end of inadmissibility decided unilaterally by the city of Montreal is counterproductive and comes at the expense of the main stakeholders,” the company also said.
For several years, residents of the Rivière-des-Prairies sector have been complaining about the foul smells coming from the facility. It specializes in the recycling of dead livestock, skins, organic matter and used cooking oil.
In January, the Supreme Court found Sanimax guilty after appealing two rulings convicting it of polluting the air and water around its factory.
The mayor’s office of the municipality of Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles is reminded that the company is trying to override environmental regulations instead of complying with them.
“It is clear that Sanimax has no desire to comply with the city’s environmental regulations,” says the mayor’s office. It urges the company to say the city is inflexible when citizens have complained about odors for several decades without Sanimax finding an effective solution.