April 29, 2016 – The Kawacatoose First Nation pleaded guilty on October 20, 2015, in Saskatchewan Provincial Court for failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order (EPCO) issued by an Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officer.
The EPCO directed the First Nation to provide an emergency plan and inspection records, as well as to implement a product transfer area designed to contain spills at a gas station owned and operated by the Kawacatoose First Nation. This is required by the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations, which are regulations made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
CEPA 1999 sets out mandatory minimum penalties aimed at promoting compliance. On April 13, 2016, the First Nation received a mandatory minimum fine of $100,000. The fine is to be paid in $20,000 installments, with final payment on or before April 2021.
The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.
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