Confined for more than three months due to the coronavirus, the citizens of Rivière-des-Prairies are frustrated by the need to remain prisoners in their homes due to a smell of putrefaction emanating from the plant, Sanimax.
“The smell, it is a smell of death ! As soon as you the meaning, you have to go home with you because as soon as it enters your system, it does more ! It sticks to the skin, it remains in your mouth, ” says Enzo Commisso, a resident of Rivière-des-Prairies and a member of the Sanimax SOS, a group bringing together several hundreds of citizens of the district.
These point to the fumes of the mill Sanimax, which specializes in the recovery of farm animals dead, used cooking oil or animal skins and organic materials.
Every summer, for over 10 years, it is the same old same old : as soon as the temperatures rise, “the scent of carcasses abandoned in the sun for days” falls on a part of the district, supports Johnny Brandone, waterfront for 15 years.
And after having spent more than three months confined, the situation becomes particularly difficult for these Prairivois. Many have cancelled holidays or a reunion, particularly for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Some children refuse to swim in the pools, despite the heatwave.
A lot of complaints
In two days, 55 complaints against the plant have been deposited at the borough, said Caroline Bourgeois, mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles.
To Mr. Commisso, it is unbearable.
“On Wednesday, we had invited the world, the first time in 2020 ! But we couldn’t stay outside, it was disgusting, ” said Mr. Commisso.
In fact, 28 trucks of the company filled with carcasses of animals remained in full sun all the day of the national holiday, waiting to be emptied.
According to Vincent Brossard, vice-president and operations manager for Sanimax, this situation “unacceptable and unforgivable” is linked to ” a series of events and an electrical problem [that] have delayed operations “.
Theo Vecera, resident for more than 30 years in the district of Rivière-des-Prairies, considers to be “taken hostage” by the company.
“They repeat the same promises for years, but there is no result. Every year, they have new excuses “, he laments.
For him, Sanimax is for too long a bad corporate citizen : “It is necessary for the company to go. “