observed an individual driving a tractor while applying sewage biosolids to land, operating under Mr. Van Veen’s PMAB licence. Ministry staff requested to see the individual’s Nutrient Application Technician Licence (NATL). The individual told ministry staff that he did not have a NATL. Mr. Van Veen permitted an unlicensed person to apply prescribed materials at an agricultural operation that is subject to the requirement to have a NASM Plan. The matter was referred to the Ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid. On April 12, 2017, Hank Van Veen was convicted of one offence, was fined $3,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $750 and was given 6 months to pay the fine. Scrap Metal Company fined $35,000 for OWRA and EPA Violations - April 28, 2017 St. Catharines - 1481410 Ontario Ltd. pleaded guilty to one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and two offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and was fined $35,000. The convictions relate to using an oil water separator without an approval, discharging waste oil into the natural environment which caused an adverse effect, and failing to ensure subject waste was stored so as to prevent leaks or spills. 1481410 Ontario Ltd. is a registered corporation, operating as SL Marketing, which carries on a recycling and scrap metal business at a rented property in Welland. The site contains an oil water separator that was installed on the site prior to the company renting the property. The installation and operation of an oil water separator and discharge of the treated sewage must be done in accordance with an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) issued by the ministry. After the company began operating at the site, it retained a consultant to prepare an application to obtain an ECA for the oil-water separator. However, the ECA application had not been submitted as of the date of the offence. From June 30, 2015 to July 13, 2015 the company operated an oil water separator and discharged treated and untreated storm water to the natural environment without an ECA. In late June 2015, during a significant rainfall event, waste oil stored on site was discharged to surface water downstream, which was witnessed and reported to the ministry. Ministry staff responded and identified the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons in a drainage ditch downstream from the site, which were traced back to the stormwater discharge from the site. On July 2, 2015, an uncovered aluminum truck trailer used to store waste oil filters, containing residual waste oil and barrels under the trailer were seen to be leaking. Thus the company failed to store subject waste in a manner so as to prevent leaks or spills. On April 28, 2017, 1481410 Ontario Ltd. was convicted of three offences, was fined $35,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $8,750 and was given eight months to pay the fine. Trailer Park Business fined $4,000 for Ontario Water Resource Act (OWRA) Violations - April 28, 2017. Lindsay - 1347921 Ontario Inc., owner and operator of Stoney Creek Trailer Park in Kawartha Lakes, pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $4,000 for failing to comply with a ministry order by failing to submit an application for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The trailer park consists of 33 year round mobile homes and one apartment building, all of which are serviced by 28 on-site septic tile beds. In November 2002, ministry staff inspected the trailer park in response to public complaints about a failing septic system, and identified two of the 25 septic beds to be leaking to the surface. Numerous ministry Orders were issued and consultants were hired to assess the problems and produce recommendations. In February 2006, an Environmental Compliance Approval was issued to the company authorizing it to proceed with work to install new pumps and sewer lines. On June 2, 2014, ministry staff inspected the trailer park and noted that none of the work that was required had been carried out. As a result, another ministry Order was issued with a requirement to submit an action plan to address the ongoing problems and to submit another Environmental Compliance Approval application. The Environmental Compliance Approval application was prepared by an environmental / engineering Consultant by May 2014, but it was not submitted because the Consulting Company was not paid for their work. Subsequently, the matter was referred to the ministry’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was charged. On April 28, 2017, 1347921 Ontario Inc. was convicted of one offence, was fined $4,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,000 and was given six months to pay the fine. Media Contacts Gary Wheeler - Communications Branch Gary.S.Wheeler@ontario.ca 416-314-6666 Contact information for the general public 416-325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923 A world leader in the design and manufacture of portable drilling rigs and related equipment for the water well, environmental, groundwater monitoring, construction, geothermal, mining, oil & gas exploration and production industries. Michael Hetzler Territory Manager Phone: 580.548.3794 Email: mhetzler@gefco.com www.gefco.com The Ontario Ground Water Association [ SUMMER 2017 ] Page 31