Former Cargill worker fined for tampering with waste-water samples

CALGARY – A judge has fined a former employee at the Cargill meat-packing plant in southern Alberta for tampering with waste-water samples two years ago.

Pushp Pal Singh was fined $7,500 for the offences, which occurred at the High River plant between February and March of 2012.

Singh added a substance which reduced the amount of phosphorus before waste-water samples were sent to an external laboratory for analysis.

Excessive phosphorus can reduce oxygen in water and hurt aquatic life.

Singh met with Cargill officials a month later and admitted that he tampered with the samples.

Cargill notified Alberta Environment and was later fined $80,000 for failing to immediately report what had happened