Environmental compliance reports

The following reports and data cover the results of inspections under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Integrated Pest Management Act (IPMA). The EMA regulates industrial and municipal waste discharges, pollution, air quality, hazardous waste and contaminated site remediation. The IPMA regulates the storage, sale, transportation and use of pesticides in B.C. Both EMA and IPMA provide powers and authority 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. 

March 31, 2021: Quadra Wood Products Ltd.

Quadra Wood Products Ltd. was issued an administrative Penalty for $7,500 for failure to comply with the Environmental Management Act. QWP has operated and discharged air contaminants without authorization since November 2017.


March 8, 2021: Teck Coal Ltd.

Teck Coal Ltd. was issued an administrative Penalty for $120,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. Teck failed to comply with toxicity limits on three occasions from July 2018 to May 2019; each contravention was $40,000.


March 4, 2021: Mr. P’s and Mr. Pet’s

Mr. P’s and Mr. Pet’s was issued an Administrative Penalty for $1,000 for failure to comply with multiple requirements under the Recycling Regulation.


January 25, 2021: Norm Tapp

Norm Tapp was issued an Administrative Penalty for $5,000 for failure to comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burn Smoke Control Regulation.


January 22, 2021: Lifesoils Products

Lifesoils Products was issued two Administrative Penalties for $5,000 for failure to comply with the Environmental Management Act. The contravention was for conducting a composting operation without a waste discharge authorization.


January 22, 2021: Skookumchuk Pulp Inc.

Skookumchuk Pulp Inc. was issued two Administrative Penalties for $52,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contraventions were regarding discharge exceedances of non-filterable residue, biological oxygen demand, and toxicity limits.


January 12, 2021: Canoe Forest Products Ltd.

Canoe Forest Products Ltd. was issued three Administrative Penalties for $2,700 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contraventions were related to operations, reporting and monitoring requirements.


January 6, 2021: Mount Polley Mining Corporation (MPMC)

MPMC was issued an Administrative Penalty for $9,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was regarding reporting and development of a water management plan.

 

October to December 2020

December 17, 2020: Grant Hill (GP) Ltd.

Grant Hill (GP) Ltd. was issued an Administrative Penalty for $1,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was related to not meeting discharge quality requirements.


December 11, 2020: 1782 Holdings Inc.

1782 Holding Inc. was issued three Administrative Penalties totalling $23,500 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contraventions were regarding operations and reporting at the Lake Okanagan Resort.


November 30, 2020: Town of Princeton

The Town of Princeton was issued four Administrative Penalties totalling $2,200 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contraventions were regarding operations and reporting at the water treatment plant.


November 27, 2020: Regional District Kitimat-Skitine

The RDKS was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for failure to comply with their Operational Certificate. The contravention was regarding fencing and litter control at the landfill.


November 21, 2020: Pacesetter Mills Ltd.

Pacesetter Mills Ltd. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $5,500 for a contravention of the Environmental Management Act. The contravention was regarding an unauthorized discharge from the wood processing facility.


November 19, 2020: Valleywide Meats

Valleywide Meats was issued an Administrative Penalty of $6,300 for failure to produce records to an officer as required. The contravention was regarding reporting requirements.


November 16, 2020: Trax Developments Ltd.

Trax Developments Ltd. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was regarding monitoring requirements.


November 12, 2020: Copper Mountain Mine Ltd.

Copper Mountain Mine Ltd. was issued two Administrative Penalties for a total of $51,000 for failure to comply with their Permit and a contravention with the Environmental Management Act.  The Permit failures were regarding discharge characteristic exceedances and the contravention with EMA was regarding an unauthorized discharge.


 November 2, 2020: Blackwell Dairy Ltd.

Blackwell Dairy Ltd. was issued an Administrative Penalty for $6,000 for failure to comply with an Information Order. The contravention was the failure to provide the requested information by the deadline in the Order.


October 29, 2020: 1098212 B.C. Ltd.

1098212 B.C. Ltd. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for a contravention with the Environmental Management Act. The contravention was regarding discharging sewage on Quadra Island without authorization as the Permit was never transferred from the previous owners.


October 6, 2020: Aquila Cedar Products Inc.

Aquila Cedar Products Inc., a wood processing facility, was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was regarding an unauthorized bypass of works.

 

July to September 2020 

September 23, 2020: Fortytwo Metals Inc.

Fortytwo Metals Inc. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was regarding monitoring requirements.


September 20, 2020: Champ’s Fresh Farms Inc.

Champ’s Fresh Farms Inc. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for a contravention with the Environmental Management Act. The contravention was regarding two discharge pipes from the mushroom distribution facility introducing waste effluent into the watercourse on the property.


August 4, 2020: SnipGold Corp.

Snip Gold Corp. was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for a contravention of the Environmental Management Act. The contravention was regarding burning prohibited material.


August 4, 2020: Huldra Properties Inc.

Huldra Properties Inc. was issued two Administrative Penalties for $26,300 for failure to comply with their effluent Discharge Permit for the Craigmont Mine. The contraventions were regarding monitoring and reporting requirements while in care and maintenance.


July 31, 2020: The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 2424

The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 2424 was issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for failure to comply with their Permit. The contravention was regarding the failure to have the sewage treatment plant and disposal facility classified by the Environmental Operators Certification Program.


July 31, 2020: Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Inc.

Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Inc. was issued six Administrative Penalties totalling $154,000 for failure to comply with their effluent Discharge Permit. The contraventions were regarding discharge characteristic exceedances, reporting and operations. There was also an unauthorized discharge of effluent at the facility.


July 30, 2020: Black Tusk Strata Corporation

Black Tusk Strata Corporation in Whistler, BC has been issued a $9,000 Administrative Penalty for disposing of sludge from their wastewater treatment plant into an unauthorized pit. Additionally, they failed to notify the Ministry and did not immediately report the disposal to the Provincial Emergency Program as required by their permit. 


July 30, 2020: Nordstrom’s Enterprises Ltd. (Dutch Lake Resort)

Nordstrom’s Enterprises Ltd. (Dutch Lake Resort) in Clearwater BC has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failing to submit required data of flow measurements and analysis.  Nordstrom’s had previously received a Warning for non-compliance for this same requirement in both 2018 and 2017 and had failed to rectify the non-compliance as determined in a January 2020 inspection by ministry staff.


July 13, 2020: Newcrest Red Chris Mining Limited

Newcrest Red Chris Mining Limited has been issued an Administrative Penalty of $1,000 for contravening the Environmental Management Act for failure to produce the information requested by an officer. Newcrest has received two Warnings and an Administrative Penalty for contraventions of other sections of this permit previously.


July 13, 2020: Town of Princeton

The town of Princeton has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failure to comply with requirements under the Environmental Management Act for the Princeton Landfill.  The contraventions were related to signage requirements and failure to submit the annual report on time.


July 9, 2020: Thompson Nicola Invasives Management

Thompson Nicola Invasives Management was issued an Administrative Penalty of $3,500 for failure to adhere to sections of the Integrated Pest Management Act.  The contraventions were regarding the improper application of a pesticide in Kamloops when attempting to deal with invasive weeds on a private property.  The material drifted onto neighbouring property and damaged vineyard stock.


July 6, 2020: Progressive Growth Garden Supply & Hydroponics Ltd.

Progressive Growth Garden Supply & Hydroponics Ltd. has been issued a $6,450 Administrative Penalty for failure to hold a valid pesticide vendor license for the sale of pesticides under the Integrated Pest Management Regulation.


July 6, 2020: Western Aerial Applications Ltd.

Western Aerial Applications Ltd. has been issued a $20,750 Administrative Penalty for failing to comply with Section 6(1)(a) of the Integrated Pest Management Act. The contraventions were regarding aerial over spraying of pesticide onto Crown Land without a valid authorization.


July 2, 2020: Pacific Abrasives & Supply, Inc.

Pacific Abrasives & Supply Inc. in Grand Forks has been issued an Administrative Penalty of $10,000 for issues related to excessive dust emissions from its facility that manufactures abrasive material from smelter slag.  The company received two Warnings previously but has now addressed all identified compliance concerns.


July 2, 2020: Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation

Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation has been issued two Administrative Penalties related to air emissions. One for $80,500 for exceedances of Total Reduced Sulphur and Total Particulate and inadequate maintenance of works and one for $29,000 for two exceedances of total particulate in 2018 and 2019.  The company has received Warnings and Administrative Penalties previously.

 

April to June 2020

June 24, 2020: Terrance Johnston​

Terrance Johnston in Nelson, BC has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failing to submit bi-annual monitoring and flow data related to treated wastewater effluent discharge for the period of 2017-2020.  A warning had been given previously in 2017.


June 24, 2020: Action Holdings Ltd. ​

Action Holdings Ltd. in Whistler, BC has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failing to comply with sections of the Asphalt Plant Regulation requiring them to submit 2018 annual production data by January 31, 2019, and for failing to inform the Director of the installation of a new plant within 60 days. The company has previously been issued a Warning regarding changes to operations and failures in reporting.


June 24, 2020: Alpine Paving 1978 Ltd. ​

Alpine Paving 1978 Ltd. in Squamish, BC has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failing to comply with sections of the Asphalt Plant Regulation regarding the submission of the 2018 Annual Production Data. The company has previously been issued 2 Warnings regarding failures in reporting.


June 19, 2020: Shuswap Lake Estates

Shuswap Lake Estates in Blind Bay has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty under the Municipal Sewage Regulation for failing to submit the required biennial operations report, prepared by an Engineer, to review the operational performance and maintenance of the authorized works. The permit holder previously received a Warning for non-compliance with the same requirement in 2018, and a similar Advisory for non-compliance in 2016.


June 18, 2020: BC Housing Management Commission

BC Housing Management Commission in Prince George has been issued a $1,000 Administrative Penalty for failing to comply with permit conditions requiring submission of monitoring data and/or reports.  The contraventions occurred in 2018 and 2019.  The company has previously been issued two Warnings for failure to report.


June 3, 2020: Nyrstar Myra Falls Ltd.

Nyrstar Myra Falls Ltd. operates a mine near Campbell River, BC that ceased operations between October 2015 and August 2018 has been issued an Administrative Penalty of $13,500. On two occasions, Nyrstar Myra Falls Ltd. failed to comply with Section 2.2 (Bypasses) of the Environmental Management Act Permit 6858 by allowing mine impacted effluent to bypass the designated treatment works.


May 14, 2020: Teck Coal Limited’s Elkview Operations​

Teck Coal Limited’s Elkview Operations has been issued an Administrative Penalty (AP) under the Environmental Management Act, totalling $28,000. The penalty is for failing to comply with permit requirements to report unauthorized discharges, conduct appropriate sampling and exceeding water quality limits in June 2018.

Other Administrative Penalties


Annual compliance inspection reports

These annual reports are a 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 and 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, 1.0MB).

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.

For compliance inspection data under the IPMA visit the Reports, publications and guides for pesticides page.


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 or by evaluating submitted data and reports.

For compliance audits under the IPMA visit the Reports, publications and guides for pesticides page.