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December 9 2020
HAMILTON, ON - Earlier today, the City of Hamilton received charges from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks (MECP) related to the discharge into Chedoke Creek.
The charges relate to the MECP investigation into the combined sewage discharge into Chedoke Creek. The investigation began in July 2018 after the discharge was identified and the City subsequently contacted provincial authorities.
The City has fully cooperated with the MECP’s investigation and is invested in achieving the best possible outcomes for Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise.
At this time, the City is reviewing the charges and associated materials received from the MECP. The City will provide further updates once it has had the opportunity to review all relevant documentation.
- In July 2018, the City of Hamilton informed the public that it had discovered that one of its combined sewer overflow tanks was discharging untreated wastewater into Chedoke Creek.
- The City immediately stopped the discharge and began clean-up activities in the area and contacted the Provincial Spill Action Centre.
- Since July 2018, the City has been working with the MECP to investigate the incident.
- The City has responded to a number of Orders from the MECP, including those directing an Environmental Risk Assessment of Chedoke Creek, an Ecological Risk Assessment for Cootes Paradise and a recent order mandating a remediation plan for the watershed.