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January 5, 2004
Ont MOE adds 25% more compliance staff
TORONTO, ONT-In mid-December, Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky announced that her ministry is hiring 33 new full-time water inspectors, investigators and other compliance staff. This, she said, will increase the number of water inspectors by 25% and reflects the province's continuing commitment to implement the recommendations of the Walkerton Inquiry. The additional inspectors and compliance staff will enable the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to enforce environmental laws more effectively by: responding to 5,000 more reported incidents of adverse water quality-where a water-quality standard has not been met-each year; responding to up to 25,000 resolution reports from waterworks owners each year to ensure incidents have been resolved (this is a new MOE responsibility under the Safe Drinking Water Act); conducting more announced and unannounced inspections of the laboratories that test water samples; and improving the ability to inspect municipal water distribution systems.