July 16, 2007

Perth fined $10K in connection with sewage spill

PERTH, ONT-A $10,000 fine plus a victim fine surcharge was imposed on the Town of Perth in connection with a discharge of sewage from a pumping station into the natural environment. The town's sewage collection and treatment system includes several pumping stations. In February 2006, a problem at one of the town's pumping stations caused a discharge of sewage onto a nearby property. As a result of this incident, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) learned that a previous spill had had taken place at the same pumping station in August 2003, but had not been reported by the town as required. A follow-up investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch found that the August 2003 spill had been caused by a power failure in the area. It was further determined that the town had not only failed to notify the Ministry of the spill, it did not take appropriate action to clean up the sewage discharge and restore the natural environment. Consequently, the town was charged and convicted of violating section 92 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act.

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