Dianne Saxe has the inside track on environmental fines in Ontario for 2011, many resulting from violations of mining effluent regulations. Total fines amount to $167 642.95, down from $430 112.90 in 2010. That’s an almost 60 per cent drop, following several years of steady increases in total penalty values. The number of orders issued however has remained steady at 32. There’s more information on fines from past years here.