A Travellers Rest business was fined $1,000 after some wastewater overflowed and entered nearby Barbara Weit River in December.
P.E.I. Potato Solutions said one of its holding ponds overflowed in heavy rains on Dec. 26. The plant recycles its water and the ponds allow solids to settle out before the water is reused.
The pond water ran into the nearby landscape and was reported to the the department of environment on Dec. 27.
Austin Roberts, co-owner of the plant, said the pond water contains organic material, clay and fertilizer that gets washed off the potatoes in the plant.
Staff from the provincial environment department took water samples on Dec. 27, but no results were made available to media.
The province did not provide anyone to speak to The Guardian about the incident, and instead sent a written statement saying tickets were issued on Jan. 18.
The company was issued a warning under section 21 of the Environmental Protection Act for failing to notify the department of discharge of a contaminant. They were fined $1,000 under section 20(a) of the Act for discharging or causing or permitting a contaminant to be discharged, said the statement.
Alison Jenkins is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government.