Odour from a Compost Facility

Composting involves the collection and processing of the organic fractions of municipal solid waste. Commercial compost facilities are located in every province and territory in Canada, and complaints about odours from a composting facility are not uncommon. This inquiry sought information regarding the causes and mitigation of odours associated with compost facilities, and the possible health impacts to nearby residents from exposure to compost emissions.

Field Inquiries are based on a real or hypothetical situation related to an environmental health problem. NCCEH uses a multi-pronged approach, including academic sources, grey literature, and expert consultation, to define the practice problem, synthesize the available information and suggest approaches to resolve the problem.

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Naturally Occurring Asbestos in an Outdoor Setting

Asbestiform fibres occur naturally in soils and rocks, and are known as naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). In this scenario, heavy rains caused a river to flood and overflow, depositing soil containing NOA onto the surrounding farmlands. The subsequent inquiry sought information on the potential public health risks from NOA exposure in these outdoor settings.

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Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water Contamination

In many countries, cemeteries are required to be setback a certain distance from waterbodies to protect drinking water sources from contaminated liquids that can arise from the decomposition of bodies after burial. This inquiry sought information on the rationale for setback distances recommended and used throughout Canada.

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Cannabis Survey for Health and Social Service Providers

  • In order to get a sense of attitudes and preparedness in relation to the legalization of cannabis, CPHA invites health and social service providers and professionals to complete a short survey.

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2018 NCCPH Knowledge Translation Award Winners

  • The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s NCCPH Knowledge Translation awards, which recognize the work of graduate students in Canada. Paige Colley, Julia Santana Parrilla, and Sydney Rudko will receive their awards at Public Health 2018, this year's annual Canadian Public Health Association conference.

Alberta Health Launches AEPHIN

  • The Alberta Environmental Public Health Information Network (AEPHIN) provides user-friendly and interactive presentations of various types of environmental monitoring and public health data in Alberta. The intended audience for this website is the general public, but it is also highly relevant to public health professionals, research communities, and Government of Alberta staff.

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