May 8, 2006

Property owner prosecuted twice for failing to clean up contamination

FREDERICTON, NB-A Berry Mills resident has been fined $1,500 for violating New Brunswick's Clean Environment Act in connection with twice failing to comply with orders to clean up petroleum contamination on his property. In July 2005, the Department of the Environment and Local Government charged Ripley Wasson with failing to comply with a ministerial order issued in January 2003. That order required him to conduct tests and submit a contamination cleanup plan for the petroleum contamination on his land. Wasson failed to meet the compliance dates of that order and was prosecuted, pleaded guilty and was fined $500. He subsequently sold the property but failed to inform the new owner of the contamination issue. After his first conviction in September 2004, Wasson was still required to meet the requirements of the order, but failed to do so and was subsequently prosecuted again. In addition to the $1,500 fine, he was sentenced to 18 months' probation. During that probation period, Wasson is required to comply with the outstanding ministerial order and complete the cleanup of the property.

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