Environmental compliance reports

These reports and data cover the results of inspections under the:

  • Environmental Management Act (EMA)
    • Regulates industrial and municipal waste discharges, pollution, air quality, hazardous waste and contaminated site remediation
  • Integrated Pest Management Act (IPMA)
    • Regulates the storage, sale, transportation and use of pesticides in B.C.

Both the EMA and IPMA provide powers and authority for ministry staff to:

  • Verify compliance
  • Prevent pollution and correct environmental impacts
  • Take enforcement action
  • Respond to environmental emergencies

Administrative penalties

Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) are discretionary financial penalties that can be administered with less onerous procedural and legal requirements than a court prosecution.

This makes AMPs an effective and efficient enforcement option. 

AMPs issued

September 9, 2021: Peace River Coal Inc.

Peace River Coal Inc. (PRC) operates the Trend-Roman coal mine located approximately 30 km south of Tumbler Ridge, BC. PRC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo American. The mine started operations in 2008 and moved into a care and maintenance phase in 2015.

PRC holds a permit that authorizes the discharge of treated effluent to Babcock Creek, Gordon Creek and the Murray River. These discharges are subject to specific terms and conditions such as:

  • Discharge quantity and quality (including selenium)
  • Maintenance of authorized works
  • Emergency procedures monitoring
  • Reporting

PRC must meet all permit conditions at all times including operational periods and periods of care and maintenance.

Selenium limits are in place because high levels in surface water, groundwater, soils and vegetation can bioaccumulate and potentially become toxic to aquatic life, birds and mammals including humans.

Effluent at the site is directed to one of nine sedimentation ponds. One of the sedimentation ponds includes a water treatment facility that treats the effluent to reduce the selenium before discharging. This system is not designed to treat the current amount of effluent.

In 2019, PRC failed to comply with their Permit and exceeded the authorized selenium limits in Babcock and Gordon Creeks over 40 times. They also failed to provide six quarterly reports and one annual report.

This resulted in three administrative penalties totaling $809,700. The non-compliances are expected to continue until treatment capacity increases.


August 25, 2021: WestKam Gold Corp.

WestKam Gold Corp (WestKam) was issued two administrative penalties for $15,600 for failure to comply with their discharge Permit. WestKam operates the underground Bonaparte Gold Project located approximately 50 km north of Kamloops, BC. They failed to conduct quarterly monitoring, including the collection of flow measurements and water samples, at all required locations throughout 2019, 2020 and Q1 of 2021.

They also failed to submit annual reports for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years; however, submitted an annual report for the 2020 calendar year.


 August 4, 2021: Waves Coffee Inc.

Waves Coffee Inc failed to comply with the Environmental Management Act by failing to provide the Ministry with information relevant to the purposes of an inspection with the Recycling Regulation. This failure to comply with the request of an inspecting officer cost Waves an administrative penalty of $1,000.


 July 21, 2021: Huldra Properties Inc.

Huldra Properties Inc (HPI) owns and operates a mill and tailings facility, and two mining operations (Treasure Mountain and Craigmont) near Merritt, BC. HPI failed to comply with their Permit by failing to submit their 2018 and 2019 annual monitoring reports on time in and failed to provide adequate analysis of the results, resulting in a $2,000 administrative penalty.


July 21, 2021: District of Summerland

From February 2018 to present, the District of Summerland has failed to install fencing and gates at their landfill; they have also failed to analyze and submit data as required in their annual report. These failures to comply with their Permit cost the District a $1,000 administrative penalty.


July 9, 2021: Regional District Kitimat-Stikine

The Regional District Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) was issued an administrative penalty for $20,000 for allowing waste to be introduced to the environment from the RDKS landfill facility located near Iskut, BC.

In January 2020 RDKS was warned for non-compliances and they acknowledged that the Facility was not being operated to their own standards. Subsequent inspections determined that the unauthorized discharge of municipal solid waste to ground at the Facility had continued. RDKS has now cleaned up the areas of concern and continue to look at interim and long-term measures for the management of and compliance at the site.


July 7, 2021: Conifex Power Inc.

Conifex Power Inc. (Conifex) was issued three administrative penalties totalling $68,000 for failing to comply with their effluent permit. Confiex operates a biomass fired electrical generation facility in Mackenzie, BC and burns wood waste (hog fuel) to generate power.

Conifex exceeded permit limits nine times for Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD5) and nine times for toxicity limits and failed to conduct follow up sampling after the exceedances. BOD5 is used to measure the effect that effluent will have on receiving waters and toxicity tests are conducted to determine how damaging a substance is to living organisms.

The contraventions occurred between October 2017 and November 2018.


July 7, 2021: Conifex Power Inc.

Conifex operates a biomass fired electrical generation facility that burns wood waste (hog fuel) to generate power. Ash is generated from the combustion in the process; the ash is then discharged into an onsite landfill that is located approximately 270 m from Williston Lake.

Since March 2018, Conifex has failed to prevent leachate formation, failed to prevent liquid entering the landfill and caused the pollution of groundwater. This failure to comply with their Permit resulted in two administrative penalties totaling $42,000.

June 21 and 24, 2021: North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 - Sorrento Elementary was issued two administrative penalties totalling $1,700 for failure to comply with their effluent permit. SD83 failed to conduct sampling and monitoring as required by the permit on numerous occasions between 2018 and 2021.


June 16, 2021: CCON Recon Inc.

CCON Recon Inc. located in Abbotsford, BC, was issued an administrative penalty for $1,000 for contraventions with the Environmental Management Act hazardous waste transportation requirements. CCON failed to use a valid registration numbers on 21 hazardous waste manifests from August 2019 to September 2020.


June 14, 2021: KML Meat Processors Ltd.

KML Meat Processors Ltd. (KML) was issued an administrative penalty for $1,000 for failing to comply with the Code of Practice for Slaughter and Poultry Processing. KML operates a meat processing plant in Westwold, BC and in March of 2021 failed to dispose of solid and semisolid waste in one of the approved methods outlined in the Code.


June 9, 2021: Pacific Abrasives & Supply, Inc.

Pacific Abrasives & Supply, Inc. (Pacific Abrasives) was issued an administrative penalty for $26,000 for failure to comply with their air discharge permit. Pacific Abrasives operates an abrasives facility in Grand Forks, BC and generates fugitive dust which can contribute to poor air quality if not properly managed.  From March 2019 to July 2020, Pacific Abrasives exceeded Ministry objectives for dust fall; this is the second administrative penalty for the same contraventions dating back to 2012.


May 25, 2021: Kendell Acres Ltd.

Kendell Acres Ltd was issued three administrative penalties totalling $3,000 for failure to comply with their effluent permit. Kendell Acres operates a trailer park in Williams Lake, BC and failed to conduct sampling and monitoring as required by the permit between 2019 and 2021.


May 21, 2021: Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. was issued two maximum administrative penalties totalling $80,000 for failure to comply with their discharge permit at the Bonanza Ledge mine. Barkerville exceeded cadmium, cobalt, copper, nickel, nitrite, sulphate and zinc limits. This is the second penalty for the same contravention.


May 10, 2021: Teck Coal Ltd.

Teck Coal Ltd. was issued the maximum daily Administrative Penalty of $40,000 for failure to maintain minimum flow requirements at the Line Creek Operations II site on October 8, 2020. The non-compliance affected Dry Creek, a tributary of the Fording River, and resulted in the death of 28 Westslope Cutthroat Trout which are a provincially blue-listed species and a species of Special Concern under the federal Species at Risk Act.


April 24, 2021: Skookumchuck Pulp Mill

Skookumchuk Pulp Mill was issued the maximum administrative penalty of $40,000 for failure to comply with their landfill Permit. Skookumchuck failed to maintain the leak detection system in the landfill in good working order and failed to submit a plan for the ongoing use of the system to the director for approval. This contravention began in 2015 and continues to this day.


April 23, 2021: United Concrete and Gravel Ltd.

United Concrete and Gravel Ltd. was issued an administrative penalty for $16,824 for failure to comply with the Code of Practice for the Concrete and Concrete Products Industry. UCGL failed to sample and provide analytical results on eight occasions dating back to 2019; they are required to sample process water and establish that run-off was being conducted. This is the second penalty for the same contravention.


April 20, 2021: Skookumchuck Pulp Mill

Skookumchuck Pulp Mill was issued two administrative penalties totalling $18,800 for failure discharge exceedances at the pulp mill in Skookumchuck, B.C. Skookumchuck exceeded the opacity limits fifteen times from the wood waste fired power boiler between 2019 and 2020 and exceeded total chloride (ClO2) limits on eight occasions between 2017 and 2019. Skookumchuck has a history of opacity and ClO2 exceedances and had not taken sufficient steps to eliminate the contraventions with the Permit.


April 9, 2021: Terrence Johnston

Terrence Johnston was issued an administrative penalty for $1,200 for failure to comply with the Municipal Wastewater Regulation. In September 2020, they failed to comply with the monitoring requirements of the regulation; this is the second administrative penalty for the same contravention.


April 8, 2021: Earthbank Resources

Earthbank Resources was issued an administrative penalty for $1,000 for failure to comply with the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation and in turn contravened the Environmental Management Act. Earthbank contravened EMA by selling composting product for introduction into the environment that has failed to meet the requirements of the regulation; the non-compliances date back to 2018.


April 4, 2021: Border Feedlot Corporation

Border Feedlot Corporation was issued an administrative penalty for $6,000 for failure to be authorized with the Environmental Management Act dating back to 2017. Border has conducted a business of receiving use mushroom growing substrate and horse manure, and, at certain times other waste materials including hydro-vac soil and effluent and drywall paper. Border allowed waste (manure and effluent) to be introduced into the environment without authorization.

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 12, 2021: Net Zero Waste

Net Zero Waste was issued an administrative penalty for $13,000 for failure to comply with the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation. Net Zero failed to construct, maintain, and operate to ensure leachate from operations was not discharged into the environment. The contraventions occurred from 2018 to 2020. This decision is currently under appeal at the Environmental Appeal Board.


March 8, 2021: Anmore Green Estates

Owners of Strata Plan LMS 3080 - Anmore Green Estates (AGE) was issued an administrative penalty for $1,000 for failure to comply with sampling requirements as per a Pollution Abatement Order the Ministry issued. The Order was issued based on the ongoing breakout of effluent from the subject infiltration fields onto the neighbouring School District property. AGE failed to sample on three occasions in 2020.


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.