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January 10, 2005
Prince Disposal pleads guilty to waste handling charges, fined $12K plus surcharges
TORONTO, ONT-710578 Ontario Inc, operating as Prince Disposal and Contracting, and the company's president Domenic Comegna recently pleaded guilty to one count each under the provincial Environmental Protection Act and were fined a total of $12,000 plus victim fine surcharges. During a routine inspection at an industrial site on Milvan Drive, Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff found a large mound of metal, wood and other solid non-hazardous wastes as well as a number of roll-off bins labelled with the company's name on the site. Staff also observed that wastes were being sorted on the property, though the facility was not an authorized waste disposal site. A provincial officer order issued on July 24, 2003 required the removal of all the wastes from the property by August 5, 2003; follow-up inspections between August and October 2003 found that the company did not fulfill the order's requirements. The wastes were subsequently removed. Comegna and the company were each charged with establishing a waste disposal site without approval, in violation of section 27(1)(b) of the Act. Both parties pleaded guilty and were each fined $6,000.