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Farming Bio-Solids Supplier fined $7,500 for Nutrient Management Act Violations

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Farming Bio-Solids Supplier fined $7,500 for Nutrient Management Act Violations

Convicted - The Region of Huronia Environmental Services (2013) Ltd.

Court Location - Barrie

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to failing to operate under the requirements of the Non-Agricultural Source Material plan to manage land application of nutrients in accordance with the plan.

Date of Offence -  During the period beginning on or about November 2, 2016 and ending on or about October 31, 2018.

Date of Conviction - October 4, 2019

Penalty Imposed - The Region of Huronia Environmental Services (2013) Ltd. was convicted on two violations under the Nutrient Management Act in a conviction that concludes two separate matters. The company was fined a total of $7,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,750 and was given 6 months to pay the fines.

Background:

  • Region of Huronia Environmental Services (2013) Ltd. is an Ontario registered company located on County Rd # 10 in New Lowell.  
  • As part of the company's operations, Non-Agricultural Source Materials also known as sewage bio-solids are collected from various sewage treatment plants in Simcoe County and are applied to farmland in accordance with an Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs approved Non-Agricultural Source Material Plan.    
  • On August 30, 2017, the ministry conducted an inspection at the site and observed a company employee operating a tractor and applying non-agricultural source materials to an adjacent parcel of land, which was not approved under the nutrient management plan.
  • During a second inspection, on September 22, 2017, the ministry confirmed with the application technician that non-agricultural source materials was being applied. Ministry staff noted water in a field excavation and a dug well, and subsequently conducted testing and identified that the application was in violation of the application standards as the site conditions required surface application as opposed to the injection method and exceeded the maximum rate of application.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in the convictions.

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