November 21, 2005

EP Act violations cost pre-cast concrete firm $59K in fines

CALEDON, ONT-Cast-Stone Precast, a manufacturer of pre-cast concrete products, was fined $59,000 and levied victim fine surcharges after pleading guilty to three charges under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act). On two occasions, in November 2002 and May 2004, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) received complaints about particulate emissions from the company's sandblasting operations in Caledon, Ontario; complainants said the emissions were blowing off-site and causing discomfort to neighbouring businesses. Upon inspection of the facility, MOE officials found that the company did not have the required certificate of approval (C of A) for its on-site sandblasting equipment. The MOE issued the company a provincial officer's order requiring it to prepare and submit a C of A. The company failed to do so, and was subsequently charged. Cast-Stone was fined $35,000 for discharging particulate into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect contrary to section 14(1) of the EP Act; $12,000 for operating without a C of A, contrary to section 9(7); and $12,000 for failing to comply with a provincial officer's order, contrary to section 186(2).

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