Judge fines Regional District of North Okanagan $18,540 in water contamination case

Regionald District of North Okanagan administrator Trafford Hall discusses Thursday
Regionald District of North Okanagan administrator Trafford Hall discusses Thursday's sentencing result with the media outside the Vernon Courthouse.
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The Regional District of North Okanagan was fined more than $18,000 in Vernon Court Thursday, its punishment for being found guilty of four counts in connection with the contamination of the Antwerp Springs Water System in Coldstream in January 2012.

Judge Mayland McKimm accepted a joint submission from Crown and defence that called for the regional district to pay a total of $18,540 in fines and donations to the Habitat Conservative Trust Funds, which deals with environmental matters.

RDNO was fined $100 on counts one and two, operating a well in a manner to cause adverse impact and introducing foreign matter into a well, along with a victim surcharge fine of $15. For each count, the regional district was ordered to pay $7,200 to the trust fund.

On counts three and four, allowing contamination of drinking water and failing to provide potable water, the regional district was fined $1,700 on each count and ordered to pay the victim surcharge of $255 on each count.

See Friday's Morning Star for more details.


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