August 1, 2005

First jail term imposed under CEPA

ST CATHARINES, ONT-In the first jail sentence to be handed down for a violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), Jeffrey Dressler has been sentenced to two 30-day jail terms after pleading guilty to two charges under CEPA's export and import of hazardous waste regulations. He will serve the two terms concurrently. The charges were related to Dressler's actions while he was working for Battery Broker Environmental Services, in Etobicoke, Ontario. In December 2003 and March 2004, Dressler oversaw the export of more than 37,800 kilograms of waste batteries for recycling to the United States. Not only were there no permits in place authorizing the exports, Dressler failed to ensure that copies of the relevant waste manifests were forwarded to Environment Canada as required. It was his responsibility to do so on behalf of the company. Charges were laid in February 2005 following a year-long investigation by Environment Canada. Battery Broker Environmental Services and its president are scheduled to appear in court on September 13 in St Catharines.

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