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Region of Queens Municipality

Nova Scotia, Canada

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June 28, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   Region of Queens Municipality continues to receive a number of inquiries from the public regarding an odour at various times near Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. Region representatives are proactively consulting with experts to try to determine the cause of the odour, and to pursue a solution. The Municipal Sewage Treatment facility located on Hank Snow Drive continues to meet all regulatory effluent requirements. This local odour is suspected to be a combination of decomposing organic material from the marsh area located behind the businesses on the seaward side of Bristol Avenue and Hwy. #3 to Brooklyn, the tidal shoreline principally at low tide, and the operating sewage treatment facility.  The prevailing wind direction generally dissipates odour, however certain wind direction and humidity levels can result in noticeable odour levels.  Region of Queens staff are conducting research, consulting with industry experts, talking with others regarding possible similar issues in other areas of the Province, potential remediation options, reviewing provincial environmental legislation, while conducting a comprehensive assessment of our Sewer Treatment Plant. Unfortunately, all of these efforts take time. We continue to incrementally attempt to rule out potential odour sources and locate sources of the offensive smell. While wetlands always have a smell, the issue this year seems to be the extent and intensity of the smell. Staff will continue to research and consult with experts in their areas of expertise. These activities will continue to occur to rule out potential causes and seek solutions as timely as possible.