May 3, 2004

North Battleford faces Fisheries Act charges relating to sewage spills

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN-The city of North Battleford has been charged with four violations of the federal Fisheries Act, following an Environment Canada investigation into a series of sewage spills that occurred at the North Battleford wastewater treatment plant in 2003. Three charges are related to spills alleged to have occurred on January 16, February 14 and June 14, 2003. The fourth charge stems from the results of effluent samples obtained during a July 29, 2003 search and seizure at the facility. The samples were found to be deleterious to fish. All four charges were laid under subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act, which protects waters from the deposit of any substance that is deleterious or harmful to fish and aquatic life. More information is available from Dave Munro at Environment Canada's environmental protection branch, Saskatchewan division, 306/780-6390.
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