August 2-9, 2004

Poultry processor charged with violating Ont Water Resources Act

ST CATHARINES, ONT-Stanley Lipiec and AS Poultry, recently pleaded guilty to four charges under the the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and were fined a total of $7,500 plus victim fine surcharges. The poultry processing facility, in West Lincoln, Ontario, is authorized under its certificate of approval (C of A) to operate a sewage works to treat and dispose of wastewater generated by its operations. In June 2000, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspected the AS Poultry site following a complaint about odours. A resulting provincial officer's order required Lipiec to prepare an operations manual by September 28, 2001, which he failed to do. During a subsequent inspection in November 2002, the MOE found that the company had not complied with a number of conditions set out in its C of A. Lipiec was charged under section 107(2) of the OWRA with failing to comply with a provincial officer's order. He and his company were also charged with failing to sample on-site water wells twice yearly and submit annual reports in 2001 and 2002, as required under section 107(3) of the Act. Lipiec was fined $3,500 in connection with the three OWRA charges, while his company was fined $4,000 for two OWRA violations; they were given one year to pay the fines. Both parties received suspended sentences for the charge of failing to submit a 2002 annual report to MOE.
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