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Concrete Contracting Company Fined $2,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

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Concrete Contracting Company Fined $2,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

Convicted - M & M Concrete Pumping Inc. and Martin Meloche

Court Location - Ottawa

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failingtocomplywitha ministry orderbyfailingtoprovidewrittenconfirmationthat all waste had been removed by a licensed waste hauler and disposed of at an approved waste disposal site.

Date of Offence - During the period on or about June 2017 to June 2018.

Date of Conviction - June 20, 2019

Penalty Imposed - M & M Concrete Pumping Inc. was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $2,000 plus victim fine surcharge of $500 with one year to pay.  Martin Meloche was given a suspended sentence. 

Background:  

  • M & M Concrete Pumping Inc. is in the business of concrete pumping and provides clients with other demolition/construction services. Martin Meloche is a director of the company and owns a property on Canaan Rd. in Ottawa.
  • In October 2016, in response to a public complaint, the ministry conducted an inspection at the site and observed a substantial amount of waste, including construction and demolition waste such as brick, concrete, rebar, and domestic waste. Mr.Meloche acknowledged that the waste came from M & M Concrete jobs.
  • Ministry records indicated that the site was not a ministry approved waste disposal site. Mr. Meloche was given a period of time to have the waste removed, which he failed to do. In June 2017, a ministry order was issued.
  • A site inspection in 2017 determined that waste was still on site. After numerous calls from the ministry, the waste was removed approximately a year after the Order deadline and almost 20 months following the first inspection.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in the conviction and the suspended sentence.

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