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Greenhouse Facility fined $5,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

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Greenhouse Facility fined $5,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

Convicted - CRC Farms Limited

Court Location - Windsor

Description of Offence - This conviction relates to operating a sewage works without ministry approval.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about March 15, 2016 and ending on or about June 6, 2016.

Date of Conviction - December 13, 2018

Penalty Imposed - CRC Farms Limited was convicted of one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act and was fined $5,000 plus victim fine surcharge of $1,250 with sixty days to pay the fine.

Background -  

  • CRC Farms Limited owns a greenhouse on Seacliff Drive W. in Leamington, which uses a stormwater management system.
  • As part of the ministry's interim greenhouse strategy a ministry order was issued to the greenhouse in 2014 that allowed the operation of the facility's sewage works without a ministry approval, provided that all work order items were completed. The company failed to fully comply with the order. As a result the order was revoked.
  • In March 2016, ministry staff conducted a facility inspection and found that process waste waters were continuing to be discharged into the storm water pond. As a result, ministry staff advised the company to immediately cease discharging all process and waste waters to the storm water management pond and to submit a complete ministry approval application to the ministry, prepared by a Qualified Consultant.  The company failed to comply.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

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