On September 30, 2016, Metro Vancouver issued to Harvest Power a new and more stringent air quality permit requiring operational and infrastructure changes to reduce emissions of odorous air contaminants in both the short and long term. This page provides the public with information on complaints, compliance and enforcement actions, and monitoring reports related to the Harvest’s composting facility in Richmond.
Metro Vancouver continues to receive large volumes of complaints where Harvest is identified as the suspect. Complaints are most useful when they include the time and location the odour was observed and an informative description of the odour and how it has impacted you.
The following chart is updated every business day.
Metro Vancouver sends all complaints to Harvest, in an anonymized format. We also send anonymized complaints to Vancouver Coastal Health when the daily threshold of ten complaints is exceeded (indicated by the red line in the chart below).
While most of the impact has been in the City of Richmond, complaints have been received from as far as downtown Vancouver.
Response from Vancouver Coastal Health to City of Richmond concerns regarding Harvest Power health impacts
On Nov 30, 2016, Metro Vancouver issued a letter to Harvest Power requiring a biofilter media change out. The letter can be found
Metro Vancouver has taken enforcement action against Harvest Power for violations of their permit and GVRD Air Quality Management Bylaw 1082, 2008.
Harvest’s permit contains requirements for emissions monitoring, as did the previous authorizations. Some historical reports are linked below. Additional reports will be posted after they’ve been reviewed for compliance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.