BC Farm Fined $17,000 For Manure Lagoon Spill And Waste Spreading

The incident posed a risk to a nearby water supply
Manure Lagoon Spill
Keeping a 'manure lagoon' - containing the feces of animals bred for profit - is common practice in animal agriculture (Photo: Facebook)

An ex-farmer in Spallumcheen, British Columbia has been fined $17,000 CAD as a result of a manure lagoon spill, and the spread of agricultural waste on three occasions in 2017.

Violation

Grace Mar Farms' lagoon overspill and manure spread both posed a risk to the nearby water supply and surrounding environment.

The owner at the time, John Kampman received the fine as a result of violating guidelines posed by the Pollution Abatement Order and the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation

Dairy farm accidents
A dairy farm in Indiana was recently fined $10,000 USD, also as a result of a manure spill

'Fair'

Kampman - who has since sold the farm to an undisclosed buyer - told Infotel: "I paid my fine, it was fair"

"That's what happens, there was an accident that happened and I paid the fine.”

Manure incidents

Incidents such as this are not uncommon in animal agriculture.

An Indiana farm was recently fined $10,000 USD after a manure spill killed roughly 3,500 fish and polluted the surrounding ecosystem.

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