June 11, 2007

Trailer park firm, president fined $55K in connection with sewage overflow

SAULT STE MARIE, ONT-Marlin Centre Mobile Homes and its president and director Howard Geisler were fined a total of $55,000 plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to discharging sewage into the natural environment, causing an adverse effect. The company operates the Beaumont Mobile Home Park near Sault Ste Marie. There are about 75 trailers on the site, discharging to a communal subsurface sewage disposal system which is maintained by company personnel. In May 2005, staff from the Ministry of Environment (MOE) found that the sewage pump in the pumphouse had been removed, causing sewage to overflow. The sewage pump was not installed as needed so as to prevent the discharge of sewage. The company and Geisler were charged following an investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement Branch. Geisler was fined $30,000 and Marlin Centre Mobile Homes was fined $25,000. The company has now taken the necessary steps to bring its site into compliance with MOE requirements.

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