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August 2-9, 2004
Unapproved discharges lead to fine for animal feed facility
ST CATHARINES, ONT-Nutram Pet Products was fined $7,500 and levied a victim fine surcharge in connection with unapproved discharges of residuals from its animal feed production facility in the township of West Lincoln. The company, a subsidiary of Maple Lodge Holdings, was issued provincial officer orders by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) following inspections in 2001 and 2002. These inspections revealed odorous, sewage-like material being discharged from plant catch basins into a roadside ditch. One of the orders required Nutram to take all necessary action to prevent any further off-site, unapproved discharge of sewage from the catch basins to the roadside ditch. The company failed to fully satisfy this requirement, thereby violating Section 107(2) of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). Nutram pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a provincial officer order, was fined $7,500 and was given 30 days to pay the fine. In May 2003, the company satisfactorily addressed the deficiencies that led to this charge.