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Kingsville Greenhouse Operator Fined for EPA Violations

A Kingsville greenhouse operator has been fined for failing to comply with the Environmental Protection Act.

In early April, Kapital Produce Ltd. was convicted under the Act and fined $50,000, along with an additional fine of $12,500 being a victim fine surcharge.

The company which operates a hydroponic greenhouse specializing in growing and selling gourmet produce has an Environmental Compliance Approval which prohibits the discharge of greenhouse nutrient feedwater into the stormwater management facilities.  It further states that the total phosphorus in the stormwater pond cannot exceed 0.5mg/L.

The two convictions levied on the company stem from investigations conducted by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks in October 2018 and March 2019.

A Provincial Officer visited the operations on October 16 2018 to conduct an inspection.  At that time, the Officer noted the greenhouse nutrient feedwater entering a nearby catch basin which empties into one of the company’s stormwater ponds.

During a follow up visit on March 26 2019, Provincial Officers collected water samples from the stormwater pond and all discharges into the pond.

Assessment of the water samples indicated that phosphorus level in both ponds were 9.1mg/L and 19.6mg/L, exceeding the limit of 0.5mg/L set out in the Environmental Compliance Approval.

The company has been given 12 months to pay the fine.

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