February 2, 2004

Quebec MOE reports fines, convictions for Nov, Dec 2003

QUEBEC CITY, QUE- Eight companies and individuals were convicted of violating Quebec environmental laws and regulations during December 2003 and were fined a total of $67,200, the provincial Environment Ministry reported recently. The largest single fine, $60,000, was levied against the Abbatoir Saint-Alexandre (1982), in the lower St Lawrence region. The company pleaded guilty to several violations of the Environment Quality Act for having operated its facility and increased production without obtaining an authorization certificate from the Ministry. Three individuals were also fined $2,000 each. Fines of less than $2,000 totalled $1,200 and were imposed on one company and three individuals. In November, there were nine convictions with fines totalling just over $47,000. Fines of $2,000 or more were levied against five businesses and one individual, for a total of $44,688; G Cloutier Refrigeration received the largest single fine, $20,000. One business and two individuals were fined less than $2,000, for a total of $2,400. More information is available from Marie-HÈlËne Emond at the Ministry of Environment, 418/521-3823, ext 4687, E-mail marie-helene.emond@menv.gouv.qc.ca.
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