CORNWALL – The long, drawn-out case against Parmalat will carry over into early 2020 according to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP).
Five charges, under the Environmental Protection Act that relate to discharging odours into the natural environment which were “likely to cause an adverse effect” and failing to comply with conditions of a ministry approval for the on-site sewage treatment plant, were first brought against the region’s largest dairy processor earlier this year.
The most recent appearance in Ontario Court of Justice Tues., Nov. 19 led to an adjournment until February 11, “during which time lawyers for the prosecution and defence will review requested engineering information before agreeing to a pre-trial date,” according to Lindsay Davidson of the MOECP.
Despite Parmalat’s public efforts to calm residents concerns, odour continued to be a lingering issue this summer from the plant’s lagoon site.
The proposed solution, the installation of two dissolved air flotation systems, seemed to hold little water for residents who took to social media to voice their displeasure with the dairy facility.
Asked for further detail on the nature of the violations, representatives from the MOECP and Parmalat, as well as North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser, have declined comment.