May 9, 2005

Poultry processor ordered to prepare, implement spill prevention plans

TORONTO, ONT-King Cole Ducks and King Cole Holdings, owners and operators of a poultry processing operation in Whitchurch-Stouffville, have been ordered to prepare and implement spill prevention and contingency plans to help prevent future spills of partially treated sewage. The Ministry of Environment (MOE) order also requires the companies to file a report with the ministry on the workings of their sewage treatment facility and to obtain an updated certificate of approval. The order was issued following an April 15 spill from the sewage treatment ponds at King Cole Ducks. As a result of the incident, the MOE directed the companies to take immediate action to prevent the flow of sewage from the property and to clean up. The companies have complied with all ministry requirements in doing this. Since the spill occurred, the ministry has been testing the water in Bogart Creek and downstream in Bogart Pond and the Holland River to assess water quality. Recent sample results indicate that the initial high levels of E coli in Bogart Creek have returned to acceptable levels and there have been no impacts on drinking water quality at the Keswick water treatment facility. The incident has been referred to the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch for investigation.

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