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Canadian National Railway Company fined $15,000 for Failure to Obtain Ministry Approval

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Canadian National Railway Company fined $15,000 for Failure to Obtain Ministry Approval

Convicted - Canadian National Railway Company

Court Location - Hearst                                                                                                                    

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to failing to comply with a Provincial Officer's Order which required the company to submit an Environmental Compliance Approval application for an impacted soil processing/treatment waste disposal facility.

Date of Offence - during the period beginning on or about June 4, 2016 and ending on or about April 24, 2017

Date of Conviction - July 10, 2018

Penalty Imposed - The Canadian National Railway Company was convicted of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $15,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $3,750 and was given four months to pay the fine.

Background -  

  • Canadian National Railway Company is a transportation and logistics company, which owns owns/operates a rail yard on Front Street in the District of Algoma.  
  • On September 10, 2013, ministry staff conducted a site inspection and compiled a report that required the company submit a ministry approval application for a contaminated soil cell at the site. The company did not comply with the request.
  • On November 25, 2015, the ministry issued an order that required the company submit a completed ministry approval application for the contaminated soil cell. This order was not complied with.  
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

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