March 6, 2006

Charges withdrawn after hazwaste handler agrees to pay $5,000 to support environmental projects

TORONTO, ONT-Federal charges against Battery Broker Environmental Services, of Etobicoke, Ont and its president under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) have been withdrawn after a diversion agreement was reached between the Crown and defence counsel. In accordance with the agreement, the company has made a $5,000 contribution to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for environmental projects in the Niagara Region. Charges under CEPA's Export and Import of Hazardous Waste regulations were originally laid in February 2005 in connection with the export of more than 37,800 kilograms of waste batteries for recycling to the United States. Battery Broker employee Jeffrey Dressler pleaded guilty last July to two counts of failing to obtain permits authorizing the exports and failing to ensure that copies of the relevant waste manifests were forwarded to Environment Canada. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each count, to be served concurrently (ELW August 1, 2005). Battery Broker and its president appeared in court in September, but the matter was held over to October 2005 when the agreement was reached, finally resolving the court case.

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