April 11,2005

Waste facility, owners fined $51K for violating C of A conditions

OTTAWA, ONT-Lacombe Waste Services, an Ottawa waste transfer and processing facility, and owners George and Tom Neilson were fined a total of $51,000, plus victim fine surcharges, after being convicted of three charges under the Environmental Protection Act and one under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). In July 2001, a Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection found numerous contraventions of the company's certificate of approval (C of A) terms, including: failure to keep the site secured against unauthorized access; failure to over-pack leaking, rusty or corroded drums; and failure to properly analyze incoming wastes. The company and its owners also failed to protect a well in accordance with OWRA requirements. Charges were laid in connection with all of these violations. Upon conviction, the company was fined $30,000 and its owners $6,500 each for violating the company's C of A, contrary to Section 186(3) of the EP Act. A $5,000 fine was levied against the company and $1,500 each against the owners violating section 20(3) of OWRA regulation 903. The defendants were given six months to pay the fines.

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