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Ex-Cargill worker fined for tampering with wastewater samples

Accused of tampering with samples at Cargill's High River, Alta., plant between February and March of 2012



CALGARY—A judge has fined a former employee at the Cargill, Inc. meat-packing plant in southern Alberta for tampering with wastewater samples two years ago.

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

Singh added a substance which reduced the amount of phosphorus before wastewater 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.

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