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City of Brandon and Maple Leaf Foods release wastewater agreement

Brandon, Manitoba - In response to requests, the Agreement for Waste Water Treatment Services between Maple Leaf and the City of Brandon was released today.

"Our environmental track record in Brandon is strong and it makes sense to provide this agreement to the community when it is requested," said Peter Smith, Maple Leaf Vice-President of Engineering.

The agreement provides for the City of Brandon to deliver a wastewater treatment facility for the treatment of wastewater from Maple Leaf's world-class hog facility.

"Through efforts taken in producing the agreement in 1999, the working relationship between Maple Leaf, Brandon and the Province of Manitoba continues to be very solid," said Smith. "We meet regularly to monitor the facility's performance and compare that performance to our design objectives. We have high performance expectations and we are meeting them."

Smith said the focus continues to be on operational excellence at both the Maple Leaf plant and the wastewater facility.

"This agreement is an example of how a partnership is developed and can spur sustainable growth in the community and the province and protect our natural resources," said Ted Snure, City Engineer for the City of Brandon.

Maple Leaf and Brandon entered into the agreement March 31, 1999, for wastewater treatment services at the Brandon facility adjacent to the Maple Leaf plant. The agreement outlines responsibilities for the design, construction and operation of the wastewater treatment facility.

Key points from the agreement include:

  • Brandon owns and operates the wastewater treatment facility on lands adjacent to the Maple Leaf plant.
  • Brandon processes pre-treated wastewater from the Maple Leaf plant and treats and disposes of the wastewater in compliance with its license from Manitoba Conservation.
  • Brandon provides all management, engineering and other services required for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility. Brandon recovers all costs from Maple Leaf.
  • Maple Leaf pays expenses incurred in operation of the wastewater treatment facility. These include labour costs, transportation, sludge handling, monitoring programs, utilities, chemicals and contracted services.
  • Maple Leaf also operates its own pre-treatment plant so that wastewater is pre-treated before it gets to Brandon's facility.
  • Brandon has access to the Maple Leaf pre-treatment plant for monitoring and has access to the Maple Leaf facility.

The agreement also states that when Maple Leaf seeks to expand operations to two full shifts, Brandon will design, construct and commission any necessary expansion at its facility. However, both parties must reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on financing any expansion before it occurs.

The Maple Leaf plant in Brandon has created 1400 direct jobs in the community.

Maple Leaf has been processing hogs at the Brandon facility since August 31, 1999. Maple Leaf selected Brandon for its world-class, technologically advanced pork processing facility because of its strategic location at the epicentre of Canadian hog production, abundant land, excellent infrastructure, access to a quality workforce and proximity to transportation routes.



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