March 20, 2006

Facility operators, firm fined $97.5K for false information, lack of operating permit

RED DEER, ALTA-Jacob Martens, Sheldon Martens and their former company, R D Flush Systems, were fined a total of $97,500 in connection with charges of providing false information and operating a tank and tanker truck washing facility without an approval as required by Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Company president Jacob Martens pleaded guilty to knowingly providing false information to government investigators and was fined $60,000, while R D Flush Systems Ltd., a tank and tanker truck washing operation in Clairmont, was fined $10,000 for the same offence. Both parties were also fined $10,000 each after pleading guilty to knowingly operating a facility in Red Deer without an approval. In addition, Sheldon Martens, manager of the facility was fined $7,500 after pleading guilty to providing false or misleading information. A creative sentencing order was also issued to Jacob Martens prohibiting him from holding any directorship, corporate office or ownership in a corporation, or having personal involvement in a waste management storage facilities or hazardous goods storage facilities for three years.

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