FREDERICTON (CNB) – Auditor general Kim MacPherson tabled in the legislative assembly today a report containing her review of provincial wastewater commissions.

The review was initiated following concerns by members of the public as well as a former minister of Environment.

She looked at governance, accountability and financial practices of the three largest wastewater commissions: the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission, the Greater Shediac Sewerage Commission and the Fredericton Area Pollution Control Commission.

By comparing the three commissions, MacPherson notes significant differences in expenditure patterns and reserves for the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission. 

Her report acknowledges the valued service that the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission provides Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview. The report also acknowledges that the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission has achieved international recognition since its establishment in 1983. MacPherson expresses concern, however, with respect to board governance practices, accountability of the commission and questionable financial practices.

MacPherson makes a number of recommendations to the Department of Environment regarding the Clean Environment Act, the legislation under which the commissions are created, geared to strengthening governance and accountability of the commissions. 

In addition, she recommends the department consult with the three local governments to evaluate the composition of the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission board in light of the findings.

The full report is on the Office of Auditor General website.