January 5, 2004

Plating firm, owner fined for OWRA offences

OTTAWA, ONT-Reliable Plating and Surface Finishing and Azad Lalany, owner of the Ottawa company, were recently fined a total of $10,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to a violation of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). 122558 Canada Inc, operating as Reliable Plating and Surface Finishing, has an on-site treatment works for wastewater generated by its metal finishing process. On September 20, 2001 a Ministry of Environment inspection found that the company was discharging partially treated wastewater into a drainage ditch, impairing the quality of the water in the ditch. Reliable Plating was issued a director's order requiring the company to stop the discharge immediately, but it did not comply with the order. 122558 Canada Inc. was fined $8,000 and Lalany was fined $2,000 after The firm and Lalany each pleaded guilty to one count of discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of untreated wastewater into a watercourse which resulted in an impairment of water quality, contrary to section 30(1) of the OWRA. They were fined $8,000 and $2,000, respectively. Both defendants also received a suspended sentence for failing to comply with a director's order, in violation of section 107(2) of the OWRA.
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