Subcontractor Rodney McCabe has been ordered under house arrest for 11 months for his role in sewage being released into the Athabasca River.

In 2005 and 2006, Suncor Energy’s Borealis and Millennium locations released partially treated sewage into the river.

Charged with 90 counts, neither McCabe nor his company, R&D McCabe Ltd., will be doing business in the wastewater treatment industry for awhile—McCabe himself is prohibited from the sector for four years. The company was fined $6,000 and cannot do wastewater business for three years.

Back in March, CBC News reported that Suncor and two of its contractors faced dozens of charges in February 2008 in connection with allegations of dumping undertreated wastewater into the Athabasca River and providing false or misleading information to the province.

McCabe and his company pleaded guilty to six charges in early March: two charges of giving false and misleading information, two charges of failing to report and two charges of exceeding approved limits.

Suncor maintains that it took action as soon as it learned about the problem from Alberta Environment in early 2007.


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