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Brantford Individual fined $3,000 for Nutrient Management Act Violations

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Brantford Individual fined $3,000 for Nutrient Management Act Violations

Orillia - Hank Van Veen pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $3,000 for failing to comply with a condition of a Prescribed Materials Application Business License by permitting an unlicensed person to apply Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) at an agricultural operation, contrary to the Nutrient Management Act

Mr. Hank Van Veen held a Prescribed Materials Application Business (PMAB) Licence.

Under conditions of the PMAB, Mr. Van Veen could only permit licensed Nutrient Application Technicians to apply prescribed materials at agricultural operations that are subject to the requirements to have a Non-Agricultural Source Materials Plan (NASM).

An agricultural operation located on Concession Road 10, RR #3 in Brechin is subject to the requirement of having a NASM Plan for the land application of sewage biosolids to the site. 

On May 15, 2015, ministry staff attended the site to conduct an inspection and observed an individual driving a tractor while applying sewage biosolids to land, operating under Mr. Van Veen's PMAB licence.

Ministry staff requested to see the individual's Nutrient Application Technician Licence (NATL). The individual told ministry staff that he did not have a NATL.

Mr. Van Veen permitted an unlicensed person to apply prescribed materials at an agricultural operation that is subject to the requirement to have a NASM Plan.

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

On April 12, 2017, Hank Van Veen was convicted of one offence, was fined $3,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $750 and was given 6 months to pay the fine.

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