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Renfrew Business Fined $2,000 For Failing To Comply With A Ministry Approval

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Renfrew Business Fined $2,000 For Failing To Comply With A Ministry Approval

Killaloe - A Renfrew business was fined $2,000 for failing to comply with a ministry approval for a waste management system, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.

George William Griffith operates a septic pumping operation in the Township of North Algona Wilberforce. The business operates under a ministry approval for a waste management system and had three spreading fields approved for spreading hauled sewage.

The ministry had requested an annual report from Mr. Griffith and informed him that it would be conducting an inspection. The ministry attended the site and inspected the fields but did not observe any recent sewage spreading. The ministry asked for the annual report again and informed Mr. Griffith that his spreading sites had expired.

The ministry made another request to obtain the annual report. The ministry also made another inspection and observed that sewage had recently been disposed on two of the sites. Sewage had been dumped in one location and not spread evenly as required by the approval. During an investigation, records were obtained that demonstrated that loads of sewage had been deposited on the sites despite the fact that the approval for those sites had expired.

Mr. Griffith was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given three months to pay the fine.

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