Big River First Nation fined for violation of federal environmental legislation
Big River, Saskatchewan – April 23, 2018 – Environment and Climate Change Canada
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On April 5, 2018, the Big River First Nation was sentenced $100,000 in the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan for failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order concerning the Miami Gas Bar, a company owned and operated by the Big River First Nation. An environmental protection compliance order is an order under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, which directs various measures be taken to stop or prevent a violation of the Act or its regulations.
The penalty will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.
Officers issued the environmental protection compliance order following a 2014 inspection to verify compliance with the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Charges were subsequently laid, and the Big River First Nation pleaded guilty to failing to comply with measures identified in the order.
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