May 9, 2005

Meat packing firm, director fined $21K for improper disposal of waste wash water

ST THOMAS, ONT-Aylmer Meat Packers and company director Richard Clare were fined a total of $21,000, plus victim fine surcharges, after being convicted of two charges under the Environmental Protection Act relating to unapproved transport and depositing of waste water. During a two-week trial, the court heard that between July and November 2001, wash water from the Aylmer Meat Packers abattoir in the town of Aylmer was transported in an unapproved tanker truck and deposited at a location not listed as an approved site under the terms of the company's certificate of approval (C of A). Following an investigation by the Ministry of Environment's investigations and enforcement branch, Clare and the company were charged accordingly. Both parties were convicted of depositing waste at an unapproved site, contrary to section 40 of the act, and of using unapproved equipment (the tanker truck) to transport the waste wash water, contrary to section 41 of the act. They were each fined $8,000 for the Section 40 violation and $2,500 for the section 41 violation, plus victim fine surcharges, and given 90 days to pay the total penalties.

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