August 30, 2004

Noise, vibration from stamping plant leads to $65K fine

WINDSOR, ONT-D & L Metals Limited, operating as Banner Metal Products, was convicted of a charge under the Environmental Protection Act in connection with noise and vibration from its Windsor facility and was fined $65,000 plus a victim fine surcharge. The Banner Metal Products plant stamps out steel parts for bus seats and fire extinguishers. Between October 11, 1998 and May 31, 2000, the company's production activities led residents living near its Kildare Road site to complain of sleep disruptions, and of the need to leave their properties for short periods of time, close windows and relocate to other areas within their homes. The company was charged with discharging, or causing or permitting the discharge of noise and vibrations into the natural environment likely to cause discomfort to nearby residents and to limit the normal use and enjoyment of their properties, in violation of section 14(1) of the act.
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