Fruit packaging plant and land owner fined for environmental offences

June 30, 2017 – Abbotsford, British Columbia

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On June 2, 2017, Snowcrest Foods Ltd. pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act, and was ordered to pay a penalty of $50,000. Also, on June 2, 2017, Noort Investments, the property owner where Snowcrest Foods Ltd. operates, pleaded guilty to a violation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and was ordered to pay a penalty of $30,000.  The total penalty of $80,000 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

Enforcement officers inspected Snowcrest Foods Ltd., a fruit packaging plant, following a report from the municipality that waste water destined for the sanitary sewer system was being sent to the storm water system. The investigation found that Snowcrest Foods Ltd. had failed to notify an inspector of the deposit of a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish.

Enforcement officers later inspected Snowcrest Foods Ltd. for compliance with the PCB Regulations.  The investigation uncovered information showing that Noort Investments did not meet its obligations related to the reporting and use of PCB’s.

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