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Written Questions (21 March 2007)

From Votes & Proceedings - 21 March 2007

Environmental Violations


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 558, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many prosecutions and penalties were made under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2002/03?
(2) What were the offences and the penalties for each offence?

Answer:
(1) No prosecutions, no penalties.
(2) N/A


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 559, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many prosecutions and penalties were made under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2003/04?
(2) What were the offences and the penalties for each offence?

Answer:
(1) One prosecution, one penalty.
(2) Unauthorized shoreline alteration, penalty of $500.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 560, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many prosecutions and penalties were made under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2004/05?
(2) What were the offences and the penalties for each offence?

Answer:
(1) 13 prosecutions initiated or completed, five penalties.
(2) Remove and displace material from the bank of a waterbody, penalty of $9,000.
Alter the configuration of a waterbody, penalty of $9,000.
Remove vegetation from bank of a waterbody, withdrawn, no penalty.
Failure to comply with a waterworks operational permit, still before the court.
Failure to continuously disinfect human consumptive water, still before the court.
Provide false statement to the Department of Environment, still before the court.
Failure to comply with a waterworks protection order, still before the court.
Provide false operational records and logs for a waterworks, penalty of $150.
Improper record keeping at waterworks, charge withdrawn.
Operate a waterworks in contravention of a waterworks permit, charge withdrawn.
Alter the bank of a lake without a permit, penalty of $5,000.
Remove aquatic vegetation from shoreline of fish-bearing waters, penalty of $875.
Alter the configuration of a bank of a lake, charge withdrawn.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 561, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many prosecutions and penalties were made under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2005/06?
(2) What were the offences and the penalties for each offence?

Answer:
(1) Two prosecutions initiated or completed, one penalty.
(2) Failure to comply with terms and conditions of a liquid waste hauler permit, penalty of $550.
Failure to comply with a provision of The Municipal Refuse Management Regulations, charge withdrawn.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 562, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many prosecutions and penalties were made under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2006/07?
(2) What were the offences and the penalties for each offence?

Answer:
(1) Seven prosecutions initiated or completed, three penalties.
(2) Provide false information to the Department of Environment, no penalty, completed through alternative measures.
Failure to immediately report an upset condition at a waterworks, no penalty, completed through alternative measures.
Failure to immediately report an upset condition at a waterworks, no penalty, completed through alternative measures.
Operate waterworks in contravention of a waterworks permit, no penalty, completed through alternative measures.
Failure to comply with a waterworks protection order, penalty of $250.
Failure to cause continuous disinfection by chlorination, penalty of $250.
Failure to have a meter that records volume of water passing through pumphose, penalty of $250.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 563, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the total amount of financial penalties paid under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2002/03?

Answer:
This information is available from Saskatchewan Justice.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 564, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the total amount of financial penalties paid under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2003/04?

Answer:
This information is available from Saskatchewan Justice.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 565, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the total amount of financial penalties paid under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2004/05?

Answer:
This information is available from Saskatchewan Justice.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 566, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the total amount of financial penalties paid under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2005/06?

Answer:
This information is available from Saskatchewan Justice.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 567, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the total amount of financial penalties paid under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2006/07?

Answer:
This information is available from Saskatchewan Justice.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 568, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the nature of the violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2002/03?

Answer:
The nature of violations is as follows:

Improper storage of fuel.
Alter shore, bed or bank of water body without authorization.
Cause the burning of railway ties or treated lumber.
Failure to submit the application to construct or upgrade a storage facility as requested.
Unlawfully disposing of refuse by burning at a waste disposal ground.
Fail to comply with the conditions of sewage hauling permit.
Dump sewage on land without written permission.
Operation of a domestic sewage hauling business without a permit.
Release hazardous substance (diesel fuel) on ground.
Cause or allow any contaminant to be discharged into any water course.
Unlawfully pollute or cause any pollution.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 569, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the nature of the violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2003/04?

Answer:
The nature of violations during 2003/04 was as follows:

Unlawful alteration of a shoreline.
Unlawful discharge of used oil.
Fail to cause continuous disinfection by chlorination, or other approved means to the water entering the distribution system.
Unlawfully disposing of refuse by burning at a waste disposal ground.
Fail to report the discharge of a substance into the environment.
Unlawfully operate a landfill without a permit.
Haul sewage without a permit.
Store hazardous substance or waste dangerous goods without prior approval.
Fail to cause daily water testing for chlorine levels at the water plant as specified in their permit.
Fail to report discharge of raw sewage.
Transfer hazardous material without approval.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 570, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the nature of the violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2004/05?

Answer:
The nature of violations during 2004/05 was as follows:

Unlawfully dispose of refuse by burning at waste disposal grounds.
Fail to comply with the terms and conditions of permit.
Fail to have a water meter in water treatment plant.
Unlawful shoreline alteration.
Fail to immediately report upset condition at waterworks and sewage works.
Improper record keeping at water plant.
Operate sewage hauling business without permit.
Fail to have quality assurance/quality control plan for drinking water system.
Fail to submit required samples for waterworks system.
Unlawful disposal of liquid domestic sewage.
Fail to provide an annual report to consumers for drinking water.
Operate waterworks in contravention of operating permit.
Fail to maintain adequate chlorine levels.
Construct hazardous substance storage facility without approval.
Unlawful discharge of raw sewage into environment.
Unlawfully dump used oil.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 571, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the nature of the violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2005/06?

Answer:
The nature of violations during 2005/06 was as follows:

Improper record keeping for waterworks and sewage works.
Unlawful disposal of refuse by burning at a waste disposal ground.
Operate waste disposal ground in contravention of operating permit.
Fail to immediately report an upset condition at waterworks and sewage works.
Chlorine residuals below required limits.
Discharge effluent into environment without authorization.
Fail to conduct required testing at waterworks.
Fail to comply with conditions of waterworks operational permit.
Unlawful shoreline alteration.
Fail to supply annual report for drinking water to consumers.
Unlawfully disposing of used oil.
Fail to have certified operator for waterworks.
Fail to review waterworks records on a monthly basis.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 572, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
What was the nature of the violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 in the fiscal year 2006/07?

Answer:
The nature of violations during 2006/07 was as follows:

Unlawfully disposing of refuse by burning at a waste disposal ground.
Fail to comply with conditions of operating permit for waste disposal ground.
Fail to comply with conditions of operating permit for waterworks/sewage works.
Unlawful shoreline alteration.
Discharge raw sewage into environment without prior authorization.
Fail to immediately report an upset condition affecting a waterworks/sewage works.
Failure to ensure that the operation, repair, and maintenance of the waterworks is under the direction of a certified operator.
Failure to provide annual consumer notification of water quality.
Failure to have in place a quality control and quality assurance policy.
Failure to ensure that water system assessment was completed.
Improper record keeping at waterworks.
Fail to complete required testing for waterworks.
Fail to comply with sewage hauling permit.
Chlorine residuals below minimums.


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 573, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 were there in the fiscal year 2002/03?
(2) Of these violations, how many were made by Crown corporations, government departments or government agencies?

Answer:
(1) 18
(2) 1


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 574, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 were there in the fiscal year 2003/04?
(2) Of these violations, how many were made by Crown corporations, government departments or government agencies?

Answer:
(1) 56
(2) 0


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 575, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 were there in the fiscal year 2004/05?
(2) Of these violations, how many were made by Crown corporations, government departments or government agencies?

Answer:
(1) 81
(2) 0


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 576, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 were there in the fiscal year 2005/06?
(2) Of these violations, how many were made by Crown corporations, government departments or government agencies?

Answer:
(1) 50
(2) 1


Mr. Hart asked the Government the following Question No. 577, which was answered by the Hon. Mr. Nilson:

To the Minister of Environment:
(1) How many violations under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 were there in the fiscal year 2006/07?
(2) Of these violations, how many were made by Crown corporations, government departments or government agencies?

Answer:
(1) 62
(2) 1


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