Centreville company fined for violating Clean Environment Act (09/10/09)

NB 1532

Oct. 9, 2009

CENTREVILLE (CNB) - A Centreville potato-flake processing plant has been fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to violating the Water Quality Regulation under the Clean Environment Act.

On Sept. 26, in provincial court, Judge L. Jackson imposed the fine against HSF Foods Ltd., 741 Central St., Centreville. A second charge of releasing waste into the environment contrary to the Clean Environment Act was stayed.

The Department of Environment charged the company with failing to comply with a term or condition of the company's water quality approval to construct and operate the processing plant. That approval stipulated that all wastewater from facility operations be discharged to the wastewater treatment facility.

On June 4, 2008, during the department's investigation, an inspector was monitoring the effluent discharge pipe from the facility at the Big Presque Isle Stream in the late evening. The inspector observed that wastewater was being discharged directly into the stream.

Environment Minister Rick Miles encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.