South Glengarry Township Aggregate Quarry Fined $12,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations
Cruickshank Construction, a South Glengarry Township quarry was convicted and fined $12,000 for constructing and operating a sewage works without approval contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.
The company provides highway construction and maintenance services and also operates aggregate extraction facilities. It owns and operates the Murray Quarry, located in South Glengarry Township.
On June 20, 2013, Ministry of Natural Resources inspectors conducted a routine inspection at the quarry. During the inspection, the officers observed that water was being pumped out of the quarry, discharged to a man-made ditch that then flowed off-site to an agricultural drainage ditch. The inspectors had concerns that erosion control measures were not sufficient to prevent the receiving waterway from taking on a surplus amount of siltation. These observations were relayed to the Ministry of the Environment.
The pumps, hoses and man-made ditches at the quarry site, constitute a sewage works under the Ontario Water Resources Act.
A subsequent investigation determined that, at the time of the inspection, Cruickshank Construction had not obtained approval from the ministry to construct or operate a sewage works. The ministry had advised the company in 2007 that a sewage works may be required at the quarry.
The company was fined $12,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $3,000 and was given 60 days to pay the fine.