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Chatham-Kent Individual fined $4,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations

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Chatham-Kent Individual fined $4,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations

Cayuga - Margaret Morrison was convicted of two offences and was fined $4,000 for failing to comply with a Court Order, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).

Margaret Morrison owns the sewage works at White Oaks Village located on Concession 11 in Haldimand County.

The sewage works system collects domestic sewage from approximately 36 dwellings situated on the property.

A sewage works to service these dwellings was constructed on a parcel of land adjacent to the property.

On September 15, 2014, Ms. Morrison was convicted of three violations under the OWRA for failing to comply with a Provincial Officer's Order and a Court Order was issued requiring Ms. Morrison to carry out the required work.

Under the court order, Ms. Morrison was required to prepare a detailed engineer's assessment of the sewage lagoon by December 15, 2014.

This report was not submitted until January 30, 2015. 

Ms. Morrison was also required to submit an application for ministry approval by January 15, 2014.

An application was not received by the ministry until May 27, 2015

The matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid.

On January 16, 2017, Margaret Morrison was convicted of two offences and on February 27, 2017 Ms. Morrison was fined $4,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,000 and was given 180 days to pay the fine.

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