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August 16, 2004
Quebec firms guilty of charges under Environment Quality Act
QUEBEC CITY, QUE-ACR Groupe-conseil, a consulting firm based in La Visitation-de-l'Ile-Dupas, was fined $3,600 plus related costs, following conviction on a charge under section 22 of Quebec's Environmental Quality Act. The charge related to the land spreading of septic tank sludges in Saint-GÈrard-des-Laurentides, in the Mauricie region between May 20 and May 22, 2000; the company failed to obtain a required certificate of approval beforehand. Another company was convicted of 11 charges under the same section of the act and fined a total of $19,800. The court was told that Ultra Meats, of Saint-Esprit, in the LanaudiËre region, proceeded to spread slaughterhouse residues on several of its properties in Saint-Esprit and in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare without obtaining prior authorization. The offences occurred on 11 occasions between May 3 and August 30, 2000; the firm was fined $1,800 for each offence. A third firm, Les Pavages Chenail, of Montreal, pleaded guilty to a charge, also under section 22, of constructing an asphalt plant whose operation might emit or release a contaminant into the environment, without obtaining approval for such an undertaking. The company was fined $3,600 plus related surcharges.