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Meat Processing Company fined $60,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Meat Processing Company fined $60,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Convicted - 2328782 Ontario Incorporated operating as Golden Ontario Products

Court Location - Owen Sound Court

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to failing to comply with a ministry order by failing to ensure that a minimum freeboard was established/maintained within the sewage works, and for failing to comply with a ministry approval by failing to operate the sewage works to prevent spills.

Date of Offence - During two separate periods, the first beginning on or about January 24, 2017 and ending on or about June 26, 2017, and the second on or about June 23, 2017.

Date of Conviction - On September 18, 2019

Penalty Imposed - In separate investigations, the company was convicted of two violations under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $60,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $15,000, with 24 months to pay.

Background

  • 2328782 Ontario Incorporated operates a meat processing facility on Highway 89 in the Township of Southgate, County of Grey.
  • The facility produces considerable quantities of waste water during meat processing which contains blood, tissue particles and cleaners. Under legislation, the on-site waste water processing facility is considered a sewage works and requires a ministry approval, which was issued in June 2012.
  • In 2013, a series of spills occurred on-site, and a ministry order was issued to the company. Item #2 of the Order required the company to ensure that a minimum of 12 inches of freeboard be established and maintained at all times within the waste water tank, to prevent overflows from occurring. The company failed to meet this requirement on numerous dates in 2017.
  • Additionally, the ministry approval states that the owner shall operate the sewage works in such a manner that spills are prevented. However, on June 23, 2017, a spill from the waste water tank occurred on-site again.
  • An investigation resulted in two sets of charges laid, which ultimately resulted in two convictions.

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