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Campsite Owner fined $6,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

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Campsite Owner fined $6,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

Convicted - Missinaibi Headwaters Inc.

Court Location - Chapleau

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to establishing a sewage works without ministry approval.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about November 15, 2016 and ending on or about June 25, 2018.

Date of Conviction - On January 9, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Missinaibi Headwaters Incorporated was convicted on one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act, and fined $6,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,500, with one year to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Missinaibi Headwaters Inc. operates the Racine Lake Campground which is authorized to occupy Crown land under a Land Use Permit issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The campground is located on Racine Lake, in the Unorganized Township of Racine, Sudbury.
  • On August 19, 2013, ministry staff conducted a site inspection and observed a Class 5 sewage works in operation, which had not been issued the required ministry approval.
  • Following the inspection, a report was forwarded to the company requiring that the sewage works be decommissioned and removed from the campground, and that the company establish a plan to address other problems connected to the works. Despite repeated follow-up by the ministry, the company failed to comply.
  • On July 4, 2016, a ministry order was issued to the company requiring that it submit an application for a ministry approval of the Class 5 sewage works.
  • On November 15, 2016, ministry staff conducted a follow-up inspection and noted that the original Class 5 sewage works had not been decommissioned and remained in use. In addition, a second Class 5 sewage works had been installed and was also in use on-site. No application had been submitted to obtain an approval for either works.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid one charge which resulted in one conviction.

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