February 16, 2004

Landfill operator, employee fined $50,000 for failing to comply with order

SARNIA, ONT-Inter-Recycling Systems and one of its employees were fined a total of $50,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to a charge, under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act, of failing to comply with a provincial officer order issued by the Ministry of Environment. Inter-Recycling, which operates a landfill for solid non-hazardous waste in Sarnia, was issued a provincial officer order in July 2000, when a liquid was discovered leaking through a containment berm surrounding an active landfill site. In September 2000, a subsequent order was issued with conditions attached requiring the company to have its remedial work inspected by an independent consultant and to report back to the Ministry that the remedial work had been completed in accordance with the approved design. An MOE investigation found that these two conditions were not met, the company having allowed one of its own employees to inspect the work. Inter-Recycling Systems pleaded guilty to violating section 186(2) of the Act and was fined $45,000. The individual was fined $5,000.
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