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Town Sewage Plant fined $65,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

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Town Sewage Plant fined $65,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

Convicted - Town of Bradford, West Gwillimbury

Court Location - Barrie

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to comply with a ministry approval condition by failing to ensure that the sewage workswas operated and maintained such that the monthly average concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen did not exceed 2.5 mg/l in the effluent from the works.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about Decemer 1, 2016 and ending on or about December 31, 2016.

Date of Conviction - July 26, 2019

Penalty Imposed - The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $65,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $16,250 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

Background

  • The Corporation of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is the owner and operating authority of the Bradford Water Pollution Control Plant, a town sewage works.
  • The town operates the system under a ministry approval and under the approval is required to meet specific management, maintenance, testing and reporting requirements.
  • Specifically, condition 7 of the ministry approval requires that the owner design, construct, operate and maintain the sewage works such that the concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen does not exceed 2.5 mg/l in the effluent from the works.
  • Evidence indicates that between December 1 and 31, 2016, the operator violated this condition.
  • Specifically, the Monthly Average Concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen for the period was 3.49mg/l per the accredited laboratory results and based on sample results submitted by the Town. 
  • The Town reported the December 2016 exceedances to the ministry on January 19, 2017.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

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