March 15, 2004

Property owner fails to comply with order, fined $10K

PEMBROKE, ONT-Shirley Neuman, owner of a property in the municipality of Laurentian Valley, was fined $10,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge for failing to comply with a provincial officer order issued by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). During an April 2001 inspection of a sawmill on the Neuman property, MOE staff noted deposits of fresh wood waste. During the inspection, samples taken from a nearby watercourse during the inspection were analyzed and found to contain pollutants attributable to the sawmill operation. In May 2001, Neuman was issued a provincial officer order requiring her to hire a qualified consultant to prepare a detailed work plan for addressing numerous environmental concerns pertaining to the property. A second order issued in August 2001 directed Neuman to submit a copy of a revised work plan and to confirm the name of the consultant retained to carry out the work plan. She failed to comply with the second order, in contravention of section 186(2) of the Environmental Protection Act. Neuman pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with the second Order and was fined $5,000 for each charge, with 180 days to pay. The court also issued Neuman a new order directing Neuman to meet all terms of the second order by December 31, 2004.
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