On October 6, 2016, the Makwa Sahgaiehcan (Loon Lake) First Nation pleaded guilty, in Saskatchewan Provincial Court, for failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order (EPCO) issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The court fined the Makwa Sahgaiehcan (Loon Lake) First Nation $100,000.
The order was issued following an inspection by enforcement officers, at Loon Lake Fine Foods, to ensure compliance with the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (STSR). The First Nation was directed to take measures to comply with the STSR. Charges were laid under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 after it was determined that they failed to comply with the terms of the order. The purpose of the STSR is to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater due to spills and leaks of petroleum products from storage tank systems.
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