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Town Laying Charges (Posted On: Thursday, July 31, 2008)

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Hot off the press!  The Town of Collingwood is working to ensure corrective action plans are provided and implemented after routine tests revealed that two local companies were in violation of the Sewer Use By-law Number 92-42, being a by-law to prohibit, regulate and control the discharge of water and wastes into the municipal sanitary sewer works system.

Collingwood Public Works officials contacted Collingwood Ethanol LP and Canadian Mist Distillers after identifying that their sewer effluent had unacceptable levels of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD's), Suspended Solids (SS's) and pH. High levels of BOD's and suspended solids place increased demands on the Collingwood Wastewater Treatment system. The Town is now proceeding with charges under the by-law against both companies.   

"We have been working cooperatively to try and resolve the other issues such as odour, noise and vibration," said Mayor Chris Carrier. "It is unfortunate that it has come to the point of laying charges against Collingwood Ethanol and Canadian Mist but their sewage discharges and resultant disruption to our Waste Water Treatment Plant are not acceptable and cannot be allowed to continue."

Under the by-law, a first offence for a corporation carries a fine up to $25,000. Collingwood representatives will continue to work with and monitor the industries to ensure that future effluent levels come into compliance with the Town's By-law.

Town Council, through Mayor Chris Carrier and senior staff representatives, have been working with the industries, the Ministry of the Environment, Health Unit, and the Collingwood East Environmental Action Committee (CEEAC) to promote the expeditious and effective resolution of all outstanding matters relating to noise and odour.

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