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Company Fined $11,000 For Environmental Violations

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Company Fined $11,000 For Environmental Violations

Chatham-Kent - Gesner Wind Energy Project operator, Saturn Power Inc., pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined $11,000 for failing to comply with the Renewable Energy Approval (REA), by installing a transformer substation not included in the approval, and by failing to submit an annual bird and bat monitoring report on time, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

The company is a corporation operating from New Hamburg that develops renewable energy projects. The company operates a wind energy project, the Gesner wind farm, in Muirkirk.

The ministry issued a REA for the Gesner wind farm. During construction, the company discovered that the project required construction of a transformer substation. The REA did not include approval for a transformer substation. Approval of a transformer substation is significant because of the potential for transformer substations to produce noise. The company constructed the substation without seeking an amendment to the REA.

The REA also requires the company to conduct a monitoring program to assess the impact of the turbines on birds and bats, with reports to be provided to the ministry. The company failed to provide the reports on time.

The company was convicted of two offences and was fined $11,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $2,750, and was given 3 months to pay the fine.

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