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Excavation Company fined $50,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

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Excavation Company fined $50,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

Woodstock - J-AAR Excavating pleaded guilty to one charge and was fined $50,000 for discharging sediment into a municipal storm sewer, which proceeded to enter Whiting Creek and impaired the waters, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).

J-AAR Excavating Limited is a corporation located in London.

In August 2013, the company was hired to complete a public works project involving the installation of a sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer on Holcroft St. W. in Ingersoll.

The project required site excavation and dewatering to facilitate the subsurface installation of structural components of the sewers and watermain.

Holcroft St. W. crosses a tributary of the South Thames River named Whiting Creek at a point just northeast of the site.

On or about June 10, 2014, the company during project works pumped water containing sediment out of the construction excavation area, discharged it into a municipal storm sewer that drains into Whiting Creek and impaired the water in the creek.

Following a complaint from a member of the public, the matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was charged and convicted in court.

On June 15, 2017, J-AAR Excavating Limited was convicted of one offence, was fined $50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $12,500 and was given 60 days to pay the fine.

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