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

 

 

Biofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report - Q3 2016 for Harvest Power Richmond - Oct-31-2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2016-10-31_Q3_Report_Biofilter - REVISED 2017-01-20.pdfBiofilter Efficiency and Emissions Report - Q3 2016 for Harvest Power Richmond - Oct-31-2016
2016 June Emission Compliance Survey Monitoring Report Harvest Power Canada by A Lanfranco and Associateshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2016-June-Emission-Compliance-Survey-Monitoring-Report-Harvest-Power-Canada-by-ALanfranco-and-Associates.pdf2016 June Emission Compliance Survey Monitoring Report Harvest Power Canada by A Lanfranco and Associates
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
Measures Taken to Improve Odour Control Works Annual Report 2015 for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - Mar-31-2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/FullReport_1078_Information-Other_20160331_AQ007387_20160331162028.pdfMeasures Taken to Improve Odour Control Works Annual Report 2015 for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - Mar-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
Progressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond updated July 31 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/Progressive-Odour-Management-Plan-for-Harvest-Power-Richmond-updated-July-31-2015.pdfProgressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond updated July 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
2015 May Emission Compliance Survey Monitoring Report Harvest Power Canada by A Lanfranco and Associateshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2015-May-Emission-Compliance-Survey-Monitoring-Report-Harvest-Power-Canada-by-A-Lanfranco-and-Associates.pdf2015 May Emission Compliance Survey Monitoring Report Harvest Power Canada by A Lanfranco and Associates
Measures Taken to Improve Odour Control Works Annual Report 2014 for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - Mar-31-2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/FullReport_1054_Information-Other_20150331_AQ006322_20150331151120.pdfMeasures Taken to Improve Odour Control Works Annual Report 2014 for Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics - Mar-31-2015
2014 September Sampling of Odour and VOC Emissions at Harvest Power Richmond by Envirochem Services Inchttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2014-September-Sampling-of-Odour-and-VOC-Emissions-at-Harvest-Power-Richmond-by-Envirochem-Services-Inc.pdf2014 September Sampling of Odour and VOC Emissions at Harvest Power Richmond by Envirochem Services Inc
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
Progressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond - updated July-31-2014http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/FullReport_1054_Information-Other_20140731_AQ005701_20140731172043.pdfProgressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond - updated July-31-2014
2014 April Sampling of Biofilter Emissions at Harvest Power Richmond by Envirochem Services Inchttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2014-April-Sampling-of-Biofilter-Emissions-at-Harvest-Power-Richmond-by-Envirochem-Services-Inc.pdf2014 April Sampling of Biofilter Emissions at Harvest Power Richmond by Envirochem Services Inc
Assessment of Biofilters Report - Harvest Power Richmond - Dec-30-2013http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/FullReport_1054_Information-Other_20131031_AQ004867_20131231164120.pdfAssessment of Biofilters Report - Harvest Power Richmond - Dec-30-2013
2013 December Emissions and Odour Measurements Harvest Power by Envirochem Services Inchttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2013-December-Emissions-and-Odour-Measurements-Harvest-Power-by-Envirochem-Services-Inc.pdf2013 December Emissions and Odour Measurements Harvest Power by Envirochem Services Inc
2013 3rd Quarter Biofilter Emission Test Report Harvest Power Canada by Levelton Consultants Ltdhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2013-3rd-Quarter-Biofilter-Emission-Test-Report-Harvest-Power-Canada-by-Levelton-Consultants-Ltd.pdf2013 3rd Quarter Biofilter Emission Test Report Harvest Power Canada by Levelton Consultants Ltd
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
Air Quality Assessment for Harvest Power Richmond - Oct-17-2013http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/2013-10-17 Dispersion Modelling Report Final-Cogen and Flare 1054 Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre received.pdfAir Quality Assessment for Harvest Power Richmond - Oct-17-2013
Progressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond - July-31-2013http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/harvest-power-richmond/Documents/FullReport_1054_Information-Other_20130731_AQ004698_20130731154602.pdfProgressive Odour Management Plan for Harvest Power Richmond - July-31-2013
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