February 20, 2006

Spill from King Cole poultry processing plant leads to $90K fine

RICHMOND HILL ONT-King Cole Holdings was fined $90,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to a violation of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The incident leading to the charge occurred at the King Cole Holdings poultry processing facility in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville when a treatment pond overflowed on April 15, 2005. A significant volume of partially treated duck sewage was spilled as a result. The sewage flowed off the site onto Warden Avenue, affecting traffic and damaging a small stretch of the road. Ultimately, the sewage flowed into Bogart Creek, which runs into the Holland River. King Cole Holdings was charged following a Ministry of Environment investigation. The company pleaded guilty to violating section 30(1) of the OWRA by discharging material that may impair water quality.

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