February 23, 2004

Polluter jailed for failing to comply with provincial order

SMITH FALLS, ONT-Peter Lahaie has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a Provincial Officer Order issued by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). In June 2002, a fire at Lahaie's Beckwith Township property destroyed a building and ruptured fuel oil tanks, which in turn contaminated the ground and an adjacent wetland. In July 2002, Lahaie was issued a provincial officer order requiring him to hire a qualified consultant to supervise the cleanup of contaminated soil, submit a report detailing the cleanup measures and provide receipts relating to the disposal by August 23, 2002. Lahaie failed to do so and was charged with violating Section 186(2) of the Environmental Protection Act. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served concurrent with a 26-month sentence for unrelated criminal charges.
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