Former Cargill employee fined for tampering with wastewater samples

A Provincial Court judge has fined Pushp Pal Singh $7,500 for contravening a condition of an approval.
The offenses occurred in Cargill’s High River facility between February 2012 and March 2012.

An agreed statement of facts indicates that Singh, an employee of Cargill at the time of the offenses, tampered with three composite treated wastewater samples containing phosphorus by adding a substance to the samples which had the effect of reducing the amount of phosphorus before the samples were sent to an external laboratory for analysis.

In April 2012, Cargill notified Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development of potential errors with its March 2012 wastewater report. Cargill was fined $80,000 in April 2014 for failing to immediately report the incidents.

There is no evidence that any environmental harm occurred as a result of wastewater that contained levels of phosphorus above the approved level.