Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

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 Yukon.  

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Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

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 was rather obvious: The effluent was acutely toxic to fish, and was spilled when poorly-maintained pumping equipment  

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2011 Environmental penalty orders

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?  

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

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, but was charged for doing so by the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans. Town officials felt they were caught between inconsistent  

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