December 1, 2003

Waste handler guilty of improper storage of hazardous recyclables

EDMONTON, ALTA--Danadam Consulting, of Edmonton, last week pleaded guilty to a charge under Alberta's waste control regulation of improperly storing hazardous recyclables. The charge came as a result of improper storage of used oil at the Centennial Bottle Depot in Edmonton. In 1998, the Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA) and the Bottle Depot Association began a used oil collection pilot program on the site. This included providing a storage shed with proper secondary containment, a training course on proper handling and management of hazardous waste, and making arrangements with independent carriers to attend regularly at the plant to pick up the used oil. Under a contract signed with AUOMA, Danadam Consulting agreed to take responsibility for the proper handling of hazardous waste. On May 15, 2002 an Alberta Environment investigator found approximately 2,300 litres of used oil, some in open pails, stored outside the containment shed at the depot. Analytical results confirmed the material to be hazardous. The premises have since been restored and there was no resulting environmental damage. The judge ordered the company to publish an account of circumstances of the offence in the Edmonton Examiner, and the company's president, Colin Mowat, was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. The maximum fine under the legislation is $500,000.
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