Environmental Fine at Hog Farm – A Trend of Enforcement?

According to an April 25th press release by the Ontario Government, “…two hog farming businesses and a Director pleaded guilty and were fined for discharging pig manure into the Thames River and Sweets Creek impairing the quality of water…the total fines for the offences were $120,000.”  The release goes on to say they were also charged an additional $30,000 victim fine surcharge.

Apparently, the violation at the Van Boekel Hog Farm was not the first for this farm.  In 2012, the owners were fined in excess of $350,000 for a similar issue.

While this most recent incident dates back several years (this 2014 ruling followed an appeal) there seems a general trend of increased environmental enforcement activity in Ontario.  You may recall the recent $130,000 fine for fly-rock discharge and the Toronto Dry Cleaner that was fined $60,000 last fall.

With this said, it might be a good time to review your environmental permitting requirements, including Toxic Substance Reduction Plans (TSRP), Water Taking Permits, or any other process or discharge that requires an Environmental Activity & Sector Registry (EASR) or Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).

If you need assistance with an environmental permit, or if you just have a question about whether or not you need a permit, contact Andrew Tymec, P. Eng (atymec@dragun.com) at 519-979-7300, ext 118.

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  1. Pingback: Companies Make Voluntary Payment of $150,000 to Environmental Damages Fund | Dragun Corporation: Environmental Blog

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