January 19, 2004

Facility manager penalized for violating C of A terms

ST CATHARINES, ONT-Brian Payne, general manager of Ssonix Products, was fined $10,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to two charges related to non-compliance with requirements under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act relating to waste oil storage. Ssonix Products separates waste oil from used wash water at its St Catharines facility; the firm keeps waste oil in storage tanks prior to disposal. A Ministry of the Environment inspection in March 2001 found that waste oil was being stored for longer than 180 days, contrary to a condition of the company's certificate of approval (C of A). After a follow-up inspection, the company was ordered to remove the waste oil and submit a report of compliance. The company and its general manager failed to do either by the required dates, although the company has since removed the waste oil. Payne was fined $5,000 for failing to comply with a C of A condition (contrary to section 186(3) of the Act), plus $5,000 for failing to comply with a provincial officer's order, contrary to section 186(2) of the Act.
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