Residents raise a stink about manure runoff

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COALHURST, Alta. — A livestock truck wash in this southern Alberta town is facing opposition, as its owner struggles to find new ways of disposing of manure.

Paragon Livestock Exchange recently pumped 100 tons of manure from its livestock truck wash operation into a nearby gravel pit that is situated by the Oldman River.

That has raised the eyebrows of some residents and the Chinook Health Region (CHR), who hope Paragon finds a better way of disposing of the waste. The CHR did approve the dumping of manure into the gravel pit, as they considered it to be an emergency situation when Paragon’s lagoon was filled to capacity.

Paragon, which has recently expanded, is currently working on a new lagoon to hold the waste. They are also being ordered to develop a manure management plan to help deal with the excess runoff that results from their truck-wash.

If Paragon fails to do so, they will be closed down. And that’s something no livestock hauler wants to see, as there is currently a shortage of suitable livestock truck cleanout sites available.

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