Lactalis Canada blames Winchester odour issue on ‘numerous power outages’ in village; situation to be resolved next week

A 2017 photo of the Winchester cheese plant, which has switched its name to Lactalis. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Lactalis Canada says it’s aware of the “temporary odour issue” emanating from one of the Winchester cheese plant’s storage lagoons and blames the situation on “numerous power outages” experienced in the village over the last month. The situation, the company says, will be resolved by the middle of next week.

One of the more recent outages occurred when a motorist swerved to avoid an animal and hit a hydro pole off Belanger Rd. in North Dundas.

In an advisory issued yesterday, Lactalis explains that, in the absence of electricity, wasterwater from the plant had to be temporarily pumped to an onsite storage lagoon, which began to stink as the mercury rose during the recent heat wave.

The company says it added a “natural odour inhibitor” to the lagoon yesterday morning. And early next week, the multinational cheesemaker plans to pump out the lagoon into a nearby farmer’s field where the waste matter will “help maintain soil productivity, reduce erosion and add valuable nutrients.”

“We thank the community for their patience and understanding over this period which we expect to be resolved by mid-next week,”  Lactalis assures.

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