Harvest Power's Richmond Compost Facility

​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.

Complaints

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.

# of complaints naming Harvest as suspect
Monthly Totals

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Annual Complaints to Metro Vancouver by Suspect

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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).

# of complaints naming Harvest as suspect
2016 daily totals - August 2016 to CURRENT

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While most of the impact has been in the City of Richmond, complaints have been received from as far as downtown Vancouver.

Health Authority Comments

Response from Vancouver Coastal Health to City of Richmond concerns regarding Harvest Power health impacts

​Compliance and Enforcement Actions

On Nov 30, 2016, Metro Vancouver issued a letter to Harvest Power requiring a biofilter media change out. The letter can be found here.

Metro Vancouver has taken enforcement action against Harvest Power for violations of their permit and GVRD Air Quality Management Bylaw 1082, 2008.

Enforcement Date Enforcement Action Violation Description Penalty ​Status
2016-09-28 Ticket (MTI) GVRD Bylaw 1082 s.5 Failure to keep doors closed $1000 ​Paid
​2016-11-21 ​Ticket (MTI) ​GVRD Bylaw 1082 s.5 Failure to keep doors closed ​$1000 ​Paid
​2016-11-22 ​Ticket (MTI) GVRD ​Bylaw 1082 s.5 Unauthorized discharge related to fire ​$1000 ​Paid

 

Monitoring Reports

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.

 

 

Stack Test 2013 (Yearly) Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre Ltd - GVA1054, Richmond - due date Sep 30 2013http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/PermitteesTestReports/Stack Test 2013 (Yearly) Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre Ltd - GVA1054, Richmond - due date Sep 30 2013.pdfStack Test 2013 (Yearly) Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre Ltd - GVA1054, Richmond - due date Sep 30 2013
Stack Test 2015 Yearly Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics Ltd GVA1054 Richmond due date Sep 30 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/PermitteesTestReports/Stack Test 2015 Yearly Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics Ltd GVA1054 Richmond due date Sep 30 2015.pdfStack Test 2015 Yearly Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics Ltd GVA1054 Richmond due date Sep 30 2015

 

 

Progressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond updated July-31-2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/ProgressiveOdourManagementPlanforHarvestPowerRichmondupdatedJuly-31-2016.pdfProgressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond updated July-31-2016
Biofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q2 2016 for Harvest Power Richmond - July-31-2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/BiofilterEfficiencyandEmissionsReport–Q2-2016-July-31-2016.pdfBiofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q2 2016 for Harvest Power Richmond - July-31-2016
Air Quality Assessment for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - prepared by WSP Canada Inc for Harvest – 2016-03-30http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/AirQualityAssessment-HarvestFraserRichmondOrganics-2016-03-30.pdfAir Quality Assessment for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - prepared by WSP Canada Inc for Harvest – 2016-03-30
Biofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q4 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - January-31-2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/BiofilterEfficiencyandEmissionsReport–Q4-2015-January-31-2016.pdfBiofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q4 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - January-31-2016
Biofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q3 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - October-31-2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/BiofilterEfficiencyandEmissionsReport–Q3-2015-October-31-2015.pdfBiofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q3 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - October-31-2015
Biofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q2 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - July 31-2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/BiofilterEfficiencyandEmissionsReport–Q2-2015-July-31-2015.pdfBiofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report – Q2 2015 for Harvest Power Richmond - July 31-2015
December 2014 - Sampling of Odour and VOC Emissions - Harvest Power Richmond – Revision B - prepared by Envirochem Services Inc - July-27-2015 http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/December2014-SamplingofOdourandVOCEmissions-HarvestPowerRichmond–RevisionB-July-27-2015.pdfDecember 2014 - Sampling of Odour and VOC Emissions - Harvest Power Richmond – Revision B - prepared by Envirochem Services Inc - July-27-2015
Odour Assessment for Harvest Power (Richmond, BC): 2014 Modelling Update - prepared by Levelton Consultants Ltd for Harvest Power – 2014-10-29http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/OdourAssessmentforHarvestPowerRichmondBC-2014ModellingUpdate-2014-10-29.pdfOdour Assessment for Harvest Power (Richmond, BC): 2014 Modelling Update - prepared by Levelton Consultants Ltd for Harvest Power – 2014-10-29
Air Quality Assessment for Harvest Power - Richmond BC - Odour and Volatile Organic Compounds - prepared by Levelton Consultants Ltd - Oct-22-2013http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/AirQualityAssessmentforHarvestPower-RichmondBC-OdourandVolatileOrganicCompounds-Oct-22-2013.pdfAir Quality Assessment for Harvest Power - Richmond BC - Odour and Volatile Organic Compounds - prepared by Levelton Consultants Ltd - Oct-22-2013
Emissions Characterization Report - prepared by Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd for Harvest Power – 1054 -2013-05-29http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/EmissionsCharacterizationReport-2013-05-29.pdfEmissions Characterization Report - prepared by Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd for Harvest Power – 1054 -2013-05-29