In an agreed statement of facts, the parties admitted starting landfill alterations without first receiving permission. The remaining charges against the parties were withdrawn.

Sentencing

The Town of Whitecourt was penalized $69,630 for its role in the offence; Woodlands County received $30,370 penalty. The funds from this conviction will be used for two creative sentencing projects. One portion will see $15,000 set aside for training for landfill operation and management. A second project, for which $80,000 will be diverted, will study how poplar trees aid in absorbing and cleaning waste-tainted water from the waste cells.

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