June 21, 2004

JM Schneider given $30K penalty for illegal effluent release

KITCHENER, ONT- The JM Schneider company, of Ayr, Ontario, was handed a $30,000 penalty last week after pleading guilty to a charge under subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act. In addition to a $10,000 fine, the Kitchener court ordered the company to pay $20,000 to the Grand River Conservation Authority's fisheries management plan. The violation was discovered in February 2002 in the course of Environment Canada Ontario Region's inspection program. Charges were laid following an investigation by officers from the regional office. The company pleaded guilty to illegally depositing deleterious effluent into the Nith River. More information is available from Bradley May of Environment Canada, Ontario Region, 416/739-5901.
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