June 27, 2005

Waste tire recycling firm, former president fined $78K for EP Act violations

OTTAWA, ONT-An Ottawa area waste tire processing and recycling company, 6103383 Canada (operating as Tyretek Industries) and its former president, Timothy William Bond, were fined a total of $78,000, plus victim fine surcharges, in connection with illegal operation of a waste disposal site and illegal installation of equipment. Both pleaded guilty to four charges each under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act). The Court was told that Bond had been advised a number of times by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the requirement to obtain a certificate of approval (C of A) for a waste disposal site if more than 5,000 used tires were being stored on the property. MOE inspections between September 2003 and April 2004 confirmed that there were well over 5,000 used tires on the property. Throughout this period, neither Bond nor his company possessed the required C of A, and they failed to comply with a provincial officer's order by not reducing the number of used tires on site to less than 5,000. During the same period as well, the defendants installed and operated air emissions control equipment without MOE approval. The company was fined $30,000 for operating a waste disposal site (waste tires) without a C of A, contrary to section 27(1) (b) of the EP Act, and $5,000 for constructing equipment that may discharge a contaminant into the natural environment without a C of A, contrary to section 9(1) (a). On two counts of failing to comply with a provincial officer's order, contrary to Section 186(2), the company was fined a total of $35,000. Bond was fined $4,000 for the first charge, $500 for installing and $1,000 for operating equipment without a C of A (Air), and $2,500 for failing to comply with the order.

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