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Numbered Companies fined $11,000 and issued Court Order for Environmental Protecton Act Violation

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Numbered Companies fined $11,000 and issued Court Order for Environmental Protecton Act Violation

Convicted - 1770751 Ontario Ltd. and 2246017 Ontario Corporation

Court Location - Perth

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to permitting the deposit of demolition waste on land that was not an approved waste disposal site.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about October 19, 2016 and ending on or about July 11, 2018.

Date of Conviction:

  • 1770751 Ontario Ltd, convicted January 15, 2019
  • 2246017 Ontario Corporation, convicted July 23, 2019

Penalty Imposed - 1770751 Ontario Ltd. and 2246017 Ontario Corporation were each convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).  1770751 Ontario Ltd was fined $3,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $875 with 2 years to pay. 2246017 Ontario Corporation was fined $7,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,875 with 2 years to pay. The court also issued a Section 190 Court Order under the EPA that orders 2246017 Ontario Corporation to meet specific expectations to classify and remove the waste, and provide validation back to the ministry.

Background

  • On October 26, 2016, ministry staff conducted an inspection of a site on March Road in the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, County of Lanark (the March Site), which had large amounts of demolition/construction waste deposited, some of which had been burned.
  • An examination of records indicated that around this period, numbered company 2246017 Ontario Corporation was issued a demolition permit by the Municipality, to demolish a building on an area site on County Road 29 (the Barracks site). In October 2016, 2246017 Ontario Corporation company owned the Barracks site and another individual owned the March site.
  • Evidence indicated that another local company, 1770751 Ontario Ltd., was subcontracted by 2246017 Ontario Corporationto remove the waste from the Barracks site and to deposit it on the March site.
  • No environmental compliance approval, renewable energy approval or registration under the Environmental Protection Act for a waste disposal site has ever been issued for the March Site.
  • Despite voluntary abatement efforts, 2246017 Ontario Corporation failed to remove the waste. A follow-up site inspection on April 4, 2019 revealed that the waste was still present.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges that resulted in the convictions.

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