Penticton and South Okanagan
Castanet reader turns in illegal dumper
Oct 9, 2013 / 12:53 pm
The man involved in a recent illegal dumping incident in Penticton, has been found by the Conservation Officer Service and dealt with accordingly.
According to conservation officer Mike Stern, after a recent story ran in Castanet with pictures of the man and his vehicle, a member of the public recognized the vehicle and provided information through the Report All Poachers and Polluters, RAPP, line.
"It led to the individual involved, and the person was issued a fine under the Environmental Management Act and also ordered to remediate the site by cleaning up his mess and the rest of the garbage in the area," he said.
Pictures sent to Castanet, which led to the story, showed the individual driving his truck in the Beaverdell Road area, with a full load in the back, then coming back down with the truck empty. A third photo showed discarded items, which appears to be furniture, at the location.
Stern said the man was embarrassed and remorseful regarding his actions and was fully cooperative in the investigation. He also had no idea he was even on Castanet, when he found out he was quite concerned.
The site is now fully cleaned up and the man has a period of time to pay the fine.
"The public needs to realize not only are we watching, but the public is watching," said Stern. "And people need to realize some of these sites are under active surveillance."
He added the successful conclusion would not have happened without the assistance of the public.
Lastly, Stern encouraged people who see any illegal dumping to call the RAPP toll-free tip line at 1-877-952-7277.
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