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September 6, 2004
Niagara Region, construction firm levied $7,500 fine for waste-related charges
ST CATHARINES, ONT-The Regional Municipality of Niagara and 694860 Ontario Limited, operating as Vander Weyden Construction, pleaded guilty to waste management-related charges under the Environmental Protection Act and were fined a total of $7,500, plus victim fine surcharges. In the summer of 2002, the Region contracted Vander Weyden Construction to carry out demolition and removal of waste for the Roberts Street Gateway Project. A routine Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection in October 2002 found that Vander Weyden Construction did not have the required approval to transport demolition waste. The Regional Municipality was charged with contracting a construction company which was unauthorized to transport demolition waste, in violation of Section 41 of the act. Vander Weyden Construction was charged, under Section 27(1)(a) of the act, with operating a waste management system without approval. The Region was fined $5,000, while Vander Weyden Construction was fined $2,500. The company has since applied for and obtained the approval required to operate a waste management system.