Application Submitted to Manitoba Conservation Supporting Expansion at Maple Leaf Brandon Pork Processing Plant
Toronto, ON - Maple Leaf Foods today announced that the City of Brandon has submitted an Environment Act Proposal to Manitoba Conservation to enhance its wastewater treatment capabilities in order to support expansion at the Maple Leaf Pork processing facility in Brandon, Manitoba.
The application includes implementing leading edge technology that will significantly improve future effluent quality over the current system and meeting Manitoba Conservation’s requirements that no additional nutrient loads be discharged into the river.
“The new technology would allow the facility to treat 50% more wastewater while reducing average nitrogen and phosphorus levels in the final effluent by more than 50% and 20% respectively,” said Peter Smith, Corporate Vice President of Engineering for Maple Leaf Foods. “The resulting effluent will be of better quality than that generated by a single shift.”
“These improvements will allow for further investment in and expansion of the Maple Leaf Pork facility and allow the plant to reach its full potential,” said Randy Powell, President, Maple Leaf Pork. “This is an important step in the continuing development and advancement of Maple Leaf’s global value-added pork business.”
The City of Brandon is proposing to install a ZenoGemTM system at the existing Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility. ZenoGemTM is a patented membrane technology system developed by ZENON Environmental Inc., a Canadian company that has developed and implemented leading edge water and wastewater technology solutions around the world. With the proposed system, nitrogen and phosphorous in the effluent would be significantly reduced.
As part of the review process, a Clean Environment Commission Hearing will be held to consider the Proposal and receive public input. Additionally, Maple Leaf and the City will provide ongoing information and community consultation on the proposal. The City’s application will be available for review at provincial public registries, as well as on the Manitoba Conservation website at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/envapprovals.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs more than 18,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia.