A foul odour experienced by some residents in Unity on the night of January 2nd has been determined to be a mixture of gaseous compounds of petroleum hydrocarbons and sulfur-based compounds.
A Tervita waste processing facility located two kilometers southeast of Unity has since taken responsibility for the foul smell that settled over the town. Unity Mayor Ben Weber says other industrial facilities that impact the community produce odours from time to time but nothing compared to January 2nd.
Weber adds Tervita was quick to take responsibility.
“The very next morning, they told us the cause of the odour originated at their site,” said the Mayor. “They had attributed it to a bit malfunction in a piece of equipment.”
Weber says the company pumps petroleum waste products underground into caverns. He says the cause of the odour was due to one of the pumps malfunctioning. Symptoms experienced by residents included headaches and nausea with no lone term health effects.
The Provincial government says it will release a full report within the coming weeks.