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January 5, 2004
Dust, odour emissions lead to $75K fine for metal processing firm
ST CATHARINES, ONT-Newman Metal Processing and its president, Steven Mark Newman, were fined a total of $75,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to charges under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act relating to dust particulate and odour discharges. The court was told that on various dates in 2000 and 2001, dust particulate was released from the company's scrap metal facility in St Catharine, causing physical discomfort to employees of a neighbouring facility and rendering them unable to carry out their usual duties on several occasions. As well, a strong gas-like odour, discharged from the same facility on September 19, 2001, caused concern throughout the neighbouring community. Newman Metal Processing was fined $30,000 for each of two counts under section 14(1) of the Act for discharging a contaminant into the natural environment that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect. A further fine of $10,000 was imposed under section 186(2) of the Act for failing to comply with a Ministry of Environment order requiring the company to install an approved exhaust system by January 13, 2001. The firm has since complied with the order. Company president Steven Mark Newman was fined $4,000 for one count under section 14(1) of the Act and $1,000 under section 186(2).