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Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in that province provide "equivalent" protection. A similar agreement was reached in December for the [...]

Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

Last fall, Stadacona was convicted under the (former) Fisheries Act and the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations. According to Environment Canada, "Stadacona General Partner Inc. pleaded guilty to having released one million litres of untreated process water into the Saint-Charles River, in Québec, and of having used a non-standard sampling method." The spill part of the case [...]

$50,000 fine for one month’s BOD in sewage

Oakrun Farm Bakery Ltd. of Hamilton pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its industrial sewage works environmental compliance approval (ECA), and was fined $50,000 (+25% VFS), total $62,500. Bakery effluent moves through a series of treatment systems, then to an artificial wetland system, where it is discharged into shallow trench beds.  The ECA limits the [...]

Cericola Farms fined $80,000 for wastewater runoff

On February 8, 2012, Cericola Farms Limited of Bradford, Ontario, pleaded guilty to three violations under the Ontario Water Resources Act for discharging chicken processing effluent into a creek that may impair the quality of the water and two counts of failing to comply with their Certificate of Approval. Cericola owns and operates an industrial sewage [...]

2011 Environmental penalty orders

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment issued 10 environmental penalty orders in 2011, for 32 violations, all against MISA companies for discharging too much contamination to water.  The total penalty value associated with these orders was $167,642.95.How does this compare to previous years? 2010: 33 orders (74 violations) - $430,112.90 2009: 13 orders (19 violations) – [...]

Ponoka fined $70,000 for sewage discharge permitted by province

While federal environmental enforcement is less frequent these days, the fines imposed are getting larger. The small town of Ponoka, Alberta (population about 7000) was fined $70,000 after pleading guilty to one count under the Fisheries Act. The Town was releasing effluent from their wastewater lagoon in the Battle River, as permitted by the Province, [...]