May 23, 2005

Waste handler fined $50K for violating C of A terms for land application

KINGSVILLE, ONT-Erie Environmental Services, in Kingsville, was fined $50,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to a charge under the Environmental Protection Act (EP Act) in connection with land application of treated sludge. In May 2003, the waste management company, also known as 1109010 Ontario Limited, was issued a provisional certificate of approval (C of A) by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The C of A allowed treated sludge from only one food processing source to be deposited at a farm field located in nearby Leamington. In August 2003, however, an MOE investigation found that liquid waste from corn husk processing, called Baler juice, had been deposited on the agricultural field, in violation of the terms and conditions of Erie's C of A. In December 2004, the company was charged with failing to comply with a condition of its provisional C of A for an organic soil conditioning site, contrary to Section 186 (3) of the EP Act. Erie was given 90 days to pay the fine and surcharge.

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