September 27, 2004

PEI potato grower pays $16K in penalties

SUMMERSIDE, PEI-George M Caseley & Sons, of Kelvin Grove, was levied penalties totaling $16,300 after being found guilty of violating the federal Fisheries Act. In addition to a fine of $3,500, the PEI potato grower was ordered to pay $12,800 to the federal government's Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment Canada. The conviction is the result of a departmental investigation of a fish kill on the Wilmot River in July 2002. The company was found guilty of allowing pesticide-contaminated soil and water runoff to enter the Wilmot River at Norboro. Some 4,500 dead trout were recovered from the Wilmot River after the incident (ELW January 12, 2004). More information is available from Dave Aggett in Environment Canada's Atlantic region office, 902/426-1925.
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