Wahnapitae First Nation will use the funds to help conduct a baseline assessment of the health of Post Creek to help determine the past and present environmental impacts of mining activities in the area.
“Congratulations to Wahnapitae First Nation for taking action to improve the environment,” said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci. “Environmental penalties send a clear message to companies that there is a cost and consequences for not complying with provincial environmental protection laws.”
Environmental penalties are paid by companies that spilled a contaminant into the environment, or that did not comply with regulatory requirements. The Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) uses the funds collected from those penalties to support projects, whenever possible, in the watershed where a violation happened.
Ontario Community Environment Fund grants are made to municipalities, conservation authorities, schools, First Nations, and non-profit groups to engage in remediation, restoration, research and education activities.
This year, 10 organizations in eight eligible communities will receive $232,000 in funding for projects from the 2012 Ontario Community Environment Fund.