effluent

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…

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.

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?

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,…

New federal wastewater regulations a challenge for municipalities

Dianne spoke last month at the annual Canadian Water and Wastewater Association “Window on Ottawa”, on potential risks to municipalities of the new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, expected to appear shortly in the Canada Gazette. Bottom line, the significant (and unnecessary) liability risks created by the 2010 draft regulations were not…

$80,000 water discharge fine

Torbear Contracting Inc., Woodbridge, had a contract to complete upgrades at a sewage treatment plant.  The project required that the outdoor containment area surrounding the chemical storage tanks of sodium hypochlorite be expanded and a drain be installed to allow for easy removal of rainwater. The containment area was designed to trap any sodium hypochlorite which…

Legal wastewater samples

Samples that are not properly taken, recorded, handled and analyzed are useless in court, and can lead to unjustified enforcement proceedings. The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has released a useful Guideline on Sampling, Handling, Transporting, and Analyzing Legal Wastewater Samples. Failing to comply with authoritative guidance documents, such as this, can provide strong evidence…

Environmental penalties gaining steam

Ontario’s environmental penalties regime for spills is gathering steam. The final count for 2009 was 13 penalties totalling $112,143.20, most under the Environmental Protection Act. The highest penalty was $23,750. Thirteen more penalties have already been issued in the first four months of 2010, totalling $77,003.

Feds to regulate municipal wastewater

Environment Canada has released 74 pages of proposed regulations on municipal sewage treatment. Once in force, these regulations will set standards for effluent and reporting from about 4000 municipal wastewater facilities, and will considerably tighten discharge standards for many of these plants. Last year, the Canadian Council of Minister of the Environment endorsed a Canada-wide Strategy for the…