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August 16, 2004
Improper waste handling costs firm, president $126K
CHATHAM, ONT-Erie Environmental Services and company president Daniel Andrew Tiessen were recently convicted of three charges each under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act and fined a total of $126,000, plus victim fine surcharges. In response to a complaint in October 2001, Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff found that the Leamington, Ont waste hauling company was operating an unapproved waste disposal transfer station behind a commercial building in Chatham. The MOE investigation also confirmed that Erie Environmental's certificate of approval authorizes the company to deliver waste only to an approved waste disposal facility. The Ministry issued a provincial officer order requiring the company to remove the waste immediately and deliver it to a certified disposal site. Tiessen and his company did not carry out this requirement. Both were charged with using, operating or establishing a waste disposal transfer station without the required approval, failing to comply with conditions of their conditional certificate of approval, and failing to comply with a provincial officer order, in violation of sections 186(1), 186(3) and 186(2), respectively, under the act. Tiessen was fined $2,000 on each count for a total fine of $6,000. Erie Environmental Services Inc. was fined $20,000 for the Section 186(1) count and $50,000 for each of the 186(3) and 186(2) violations, for a total fine of $120,000. A second charge against the two parties of breaching an order was stayed by the court.