April 19, 2004

Waste handling firm, officers fined$64K for failing to operate in accordance with C of A

OTTAWA, ONT-349977 Ontario Limited, operating as Lacombe Waste Services, together with its president George Neilson and operations manager Tom Neilson were fined a total of $64,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge in connection with failing to operate a waste transfer/processing facility in accordance with its provisional certificate of approval (C of A). An inspection of the Ottawa facility by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in August 1999 led to five charges of violating Section 186(3) of the Environmental Protection Act. The company and its officers pleaded guilty to exceeding the total approved storage volume, to improperly measuring whether wastes were liquid or solid and failing to keep records, signed by both the trainer and new employees, when training has been provided. Following a trial, the three were found guilty of using an unapproved storage tank and failing to have all employees who were involved in the storage and handling of dangerous goods trained in safe handling procedures and correct responses to an emergency situation. Lacombe Waste Services was fined a total of $45,000, while George and Tom Neilson were each fined $9,500.
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