This release was issued under a previous government.

Bobby Hnatko has been fined $1,000, including a victim fine surcharge, for providing false or misleading information in relation to an investigation into incidents that occurred on July 18, 2016. Three other charges under the act against Hnatko and his company were withdrawn.

Hnatko is also prohibited from applying, with limited exception, any pesticide, as defined by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, by aircraft for one year. He is also prohibited from owning, holding shares in or acting as director, officer, employee or agent of any corporation or other entity that applies pesticides by aircraft for one year.

Alberta Environment and Parks focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans enjoy a clean and healthy environment. The ministry enforces environmental regulations when individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation.