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Province to garden supply centre: composting materials must go

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The province has ordered a McGillivray Boulevard garden supply business to remove composting materials from its site by Aug. 8.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship said it will enforce an environmental protection order issued against Samborski Environmental Ltd. following unsuccessful efforts to relocate the compost operation to a more suitable location.

Those talks started last year after the province got more than 200 complaints from residents and neighbouring businesses in the area about the odour and management of the site.

Late last year, the province issued the order requiring the company to remove all compost material from its site due to environmental impacts from the composting operations.

Following the order, a facilitator was appointed by the province in order to help Samborski Environmental wind down composting operations at its current location and move to another location.

"These efforts were unsuccessful and the environmental protection order will now be enforced," the province said in a release today.

The three-week notice served today states Samborski Environmental must cease operation of the composting business in the current location and ensure all material is properly disposed.

The province says if the order is not adhered to by Aug. 8, it will step in and remove the compost from the site to ensure the environmental impacts are properly managed.

The province says it worked with Samborski Environmental for four years to deal with ongoing environmental issues and to encourage relocation to a more acceptable location.

It also says along with trying to help find a more suitable location, the department has also been working with the company and the City of Winnipeg to arrange for an alternate composting site.

The environmental protection order was issued under Manitoba's Environment Act. Orders can be issued to prevent or mitigate the effects pollutants may have on the environment and human health.

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Updated on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM CDT: recasts lede paragraph, changes headline

12:54 PM: Fixes spelling of McGillivray Boulevard.

3:55 PM: adds link to facilitator's report

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