Environmental Compliance Reports

The following reports and data cover the results of inspections under the Environmental Management Act (EMA). EMA regulates industrial and municipal waste discharges, pollution, air quality, hazardous waste and contaminated site remediation. It provides powers and authorities for ministry staff to verify compliance, to prevent and correct detrimental environmental impacts, and to take enforcement action and respond to environmental emergencies.


Administrative Penalties Issued

Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) are discretionary financial penalties that can be administered with less onerous procedural and legal requirements than a court prosecution, making them an effective and efficient enforcement option. 

October 31, 2019- Mark Butler and B & B Barges

Mark Butler and B & B Barges has been issued an Administrative Penalty in the amount of $30,000.00 for contravening EMA 6(3) – unauthorized discharge of waste from a prescribed activity or operation.  The administrative penalty is the result of a burn of prohibited materials (an accommodation facility from a barge) that occurred on Yeo Island on February 25, 26 and 27, 2018. 


October 22, 2019- Sable Resources

Sable Resources Ltd. has been issued two Administrative Penalties under the Environmental Management Act, totalling $56,000 for failing to comply with multiple requirements in their permit, including failure to submit plans and conduct required monitoring.

These contraventions took place between September 2017 and April 2019.


October 21, 2019- Catalyst Paper

Catalyst Paper (Crofton) has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Environmental Management Act, totalling $13,940 for failing to comply with chlorine dioxide discharge limits in their permit.

The contraventions took place between January 2017 and December 2018.


October 1, 2019- Electra Stone Ltd.

Electra Stone Ltd. has been issued three Administrative Penalties under the Environmental Management Act, totalling $206,000 for failing to comply with multiple requirements in their permit, including discharge limit exceedances, toxicity failures, failure to the maintenance of works and monitoring.

These contraventions occurred between October 2016 and June 2019.

August 8, 2019 -  Dennis Bicol (SGS fumigator)

Dennis Bicol (SGS fumigator) has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Integrated Pest Management Act, totalling $1,500 for failing to comply with the requirement to store pesticides as specified in the Integrated Pest Management Regulation.

This contravention occurred in November 2017.


July 17, 2019 -  Village of Cumberland

The Village of Cumberland has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $85,800 for failure to comply with terms related to exceeding discharge limits and failing to install authorized works and appropriate signage under Authorization 197.  The contraventions which are the basis of the AP took place from December 31, 2015, to December 31, 2017. Cumberland has been out of compliance for over 18 years and four warnings were issued before the AMP; one in 2007, 2008, 2009 and most recently in 2016.

Although Administrative Penalties can be imposed on individuals or companies (including municipalities), Cumberland is the first local government to be fined under EMA since the enactment of the Administrative Monetary Penalty Regulation in 2014.

 

April - June 2019

June 28, 2019 -  Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation

Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation (PSPC) has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $38,000 for failure to comply with terms related to unauthorized discharges and failing to notify the Ministry when changes were made to authorized works under Authorization 16509. 

These contraventions took place from December 11, 2014, to March 28, 2019, in which time PSPC was issued two warnings and a referral for administrative penalty.


June 12, 2019 - Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd.

Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. Has been issued two Administrative Penalties under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $34,600 for unauthorized discharge of effluent and failure to comply with terms under Authorization 7100.

These contraventions took place from January 2017 to present.


June 10, 2019 - Avina Fresh Mushroom Inc., Avina Fresh Produce Ltd, H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. and Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd.

Avina Fresh Mushroom Inc., Avina Fresh Produce Ltd, H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. and Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $1,110 for failing to comply with the requirements to post monitoring results on the company’s website as specified in Pollution Abatement Order 108377 and Pollution Prevention Order 108378.


June 10, 2019 - Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd.

Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. has been issued an Administrative Penalty under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $27,400 for failing to comply with requirements under the Mushroom Compost Facilities Regulation (MCFR) to manage leachate and run off from their facility as well as to provide security for its long term environmental management.

The contraventions took place from June 2018 to present.


June 6, 2019 - 93 Land Company Inc. 

93 Land Company Inc. has been issued an Administrative Penalty (AP) under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $9,000 for operating a commercial waste management industry without an authorization. An inspection on June 25, 2018, was a result of complaints received related to odour.

A subsequent inspection on November 24, 2019, found the facility was still contravening EMA 6(2). This inspection resulted in a referral for an AP. The facility is located less than 100 meters from King Traditional Elementary and was the cause of many odour complaints received.


May 30, 2019 - United Concrete and Gravel Ltd.

United Concrete and Gravel Ltd. has been issued an Administrative Penalty (AP) under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $12,000 for operating a landfill without an authorization.  The company was inspected in June of 2016 and issued a warning. Upon inspection, in August 2017 it was discovered that the landfill was still in operation and the file was referred for an AP for violating EMA 6(2). 


May 30, 2019 - Iron Mask Trailer Park 

Iron Mask Trailer Park has been issued an Administrative Penalty (AP) under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), totalling $24,000 for repeated noncompliance related to failure to maintain works, flow measurement, notification and reporting for their sewage treatment system. The company was issued a warning following an inspection in June 2016 and was referred for an AP following a subsequent inspection in February 2018.

February 19, 2019 - Teck Coal Limited

Teck Coal Limited’s Elkview Operations has been issued an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) under the Environmental Management Act, totalling $37,500. The penalty is for failing to comply with the permit limit for particulate matter and for failing to maintain its coal breaker stack equipment in June of 2018.

Teck had a pattern of non-compliance with the coal breaker stack tests; between 2014 to 2019, five of ten stack tests had exceeded the permit limit. Exceedances were significant at 196%, 99%, 65%, 252% and 81% over the permit limit.

 

Other Administrative Penalties


Annual Compliance Inspection Reports

These annual reports are point in time compliance assessments for business operations or activities regulated by the EMA.

For compliance activity reports under the Integrated Pest Management Act visit the Reports, publications & guides for pesticides page.


Compliance Inspection Data

The Excel spreadsheets below list who was inspected, the address, the type of authorization under the EMA and the outcome of the inspection. The regulated party column identifies who was inspected, and the outcome of the inspection is listed under the response code column. The response code identifies the compliance and enforcement tool issued. For an explanation of these tools please refer to the Compliance Inspection Reports above or the Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedures (PDF).

For a copy of an entire inspection report, please email EnvironmentalCompliance@gov.bc.ca. Please include the inspection number and confirm the email address(es) that will receive a copy of the requested inspection report.


Audits

Conducting audits on regulated parties is one of the methods the B.C. government uses to verify compliance with EMA and its associated regulations. They can be conducted through on-site inspections and/or by evaluating submitted data and reports.