Pes­ti­cide op­er­a­tor fined for en­vi­ron­men­tal breach

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

A West­lock-area man has been con­victed on one count of vi­o­lat­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act.

Bobby Hnatko has been fined $1,000, in­clud­ing a vic­tim fine sur­charge, for pro­vid­ing false or mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­ci­dents that oc­curred on July 18, 2016. Three other charges un­der the act against Hnatko and his com­pany were with­drawn. Hnatko is also pro­hib­ited from ap­ply­ing, with lim­ited ex­cep­tion, any pes­ti­cide, as de­fined by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act, by air­craft for one year. He is also pro­hib­ited from own­ing, hold­ing shares in or act­ing as di­rec­tor, of­fi­cer, em­ployee or agent of any cor­po­ra­tion or other en­tity that ap­plies pes­ti­cides by air­craft for one year.

Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion and en­force­ment to en­sure all Al­ber­tans en­joy a clean and healthy en­vi­ron­ment. The min­istry en­forces en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions when in­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies fail to com­ply with leg­is­la­tion.

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