P.E.I.'s New Democratic Party wants higher fines for farmers who break rules meant to protect the environment.

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Fines need to be higher for environmental violations, says NDP Leader James Rodd. (CBC)

Announcing the party's environment platform for the Oct. 3 election Tuesday, Leader James Rodd said a $3,000 fine handed down recently to a farmer following a fish kill along the Mill River watershed was a farce.

"Who is speaking for the water? Who is speaking for the streams?" said Rodd.

"Government has to do that through regulation. And if there are violations to headland or buffer zone regulations then fines have to be as they say, the polluter pays."

Rodd said fines should represent the true cost of damage done to the environment, and in this case that would be $30,000 or more.