Town Sewage Plant fined $65,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

Barrie, ON (8/12/2019)- Convicted – Town of Bradford, West Gwillimbury. Court Location – Barrie. Description of Offence – The conviction relates to failing to comply with a ministry approval condition by failing to ensure that the sewage workswas operated and maintained such that the monthly average concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen did not exceed 2.5 mg/l in the effluent from the works. Date of Offence – During the period beginning on or about Decemer 1, 2016 and ending on or about December 31, 2016. Date of Conviction – July 26, 2019. Penalty Imposed – The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $65,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $16,250 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

Background:

The Corporation of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is the owner and operating authority of the Bradford Water Pollution Control Plant, a town sewage works.

The town operates the system under a ministry approval and under the approval is required to meet specific management, maintenance, testing and reporting requirements.

Specifically, condition 7 of the ministry approval requires that the owner design, construct, operate and maintain the sewage works such that the concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen does not exceed 2.5 mg/l in the effluent from the works.

Evidence indicates that between December 1 and 31, 2016, the operator violated this condition.

Specifically, the Monthly Average Concentration of Total Ammonia Nitrogen for the period was 3.49mg/l per the accredited laboratory results and based on sample results submitted by the Town.

The Town reported the December 2016 exceedances to the ministry on January 19, 2017.

The ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

Contacts: Members of the media: Gary Wheeler Communications Branch (416) 314-6666; Contact information for the general public: 416-325-4000

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