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Never-ending noise at Aldergrove pot greenhouse is too much to bear: neighbours

Last Updated Sep 4, 2019 at 10:27 pm PDT

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant awaits transplanting at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Summary

It's not just the smell, it's the noise too: neighbours of a pot greenhouse in Aldergrove are making complaints

A neighbour says the facility's generators run all day and night, and the noise is too much to bear

Canopy Growth maintains the noise levels are within municipal bylaw limits

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — First it was the smell, and now it’s the constant noise.

A couple in Aldergrove says a marijuana greenhouse owned by Canopy Growth near their home is producing unbearable problems.

Neighbours had already raised concerns about a “skunky, heavy smell” coming in from the facility, and now Susan Hagedorn says there are problems with noise.

She says she’s upset about the never-ending humming coming from three large generators on the property.

“Folks directly across the street, they have to close all their windows to sleep. You can’t sit out in your backyard without having this pretty significant noise interrupting your ability to converse on your back porch,” she says.

“It is an on-going drone. It’s just aggravating and irritating for us. It’s all day, all night.”

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Emails obtained by NEWS 1130 show Canopy Growth has been monitoring the decibel level given off by the generators, and it claims it falls well within municipal bylaws.

In an email to residents in the area, the company says they are listening to their concerns.

“We take concerns related to noise very seriously and are mindful of the sounds generated by our farm. That is why we have in place measures to ensure that we maintain high standards of assessing and mitigating any occurrences of excessive noise,” reads the email.

“Our average monthly readings for the past twelve months are well below the standards prescribed by local by-laws. Should any of the readings exceed the thresholds of the municipal by-law a thorough investigation is conducted to determine the cause and take steps to implement any necessary changes.”

It goes on to say its recent checks have found the average reading to be 42 decibels, while they claim bylaws say sounds need to stay lower than 65 dB.

Even so, Hagedorn says something needs to change.

“There needs to be some parameters around quiet hours, so that we don’t have that noise pollution 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she says.

– With files from Toby Kerr and Martin MacMahon