June 14, 2004

Trans-Cycle guilty of C of A violations, fined $13K

THUNDER BAY , ONT-Trans-Cycle Industries was convicted last week of two charges under the provincial Environmental Protection Act and fined a total of $13,000; a victim fine surcharge was levied as well. A Ministry of Environment (MOE) certificate of approval (C of A) authorizes the Kirkland Lake, Ontario waste management company to collect, handle and transport PCB-related waste. The C of A stipulates, however, that only Trans-Cycle employees are permitted to operate the vehicle used to transport PCB-related waste. It further prohibits the waste transportation vehicle from transporting any other waste or materials at the same time as it transports PCB related waste. In November 2001, the company contracted for PCB-related waste to be transported from Toronto to Swan Hills, Alberta for destruction. The driver of the waste transportation vehicle was not an employee of the company. En route to Alberta, the contracted vehicle stopped in Barrie, Ontario where a load of waste lighters was added to the PCB-related waste. The vehicle was subsequently involved in a fatal accident west of Thunder Bay. Trans-Cycle was charged with violating the two C of A conditions by allowing a mixed load of waste to be transported and allowing the waste to be transported by a non-company employee. The company was fined $5,000 and $8,000 for the respective breaches.
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