Chatham-Kent Company Fined $12,000 for Failing to Comply with a Ministry Order
Blenheim - A Chatham-Kent company owner was fined $12,000 and the company was given a suspended sentence for failing to comply with a ministry order, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.
Christopher Knotek owns and operates Geo Produce Inc. at a facility located in Chatham-Kent. The company grows commercial crops within a recently expanded greenhouse.
In response to a complaint, ministry staff conducted an inspection at the facility and Mr. Knotek was given an inspection report requiring him to hire a qualified professional to complete a hydrogeologist study and a permit to take water application for submission to the ministry, which was not done. As a result, a ministry order was issued requiring the company and Mr. Knotek to hire a qualified hydrogeologist within a revised time frame. Again, the company and Mr. Knotek failed to comply with the order within the specified time frame.
Mr. Knotek was fined a $12,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $3,000 and was given a year to pay the fine.