July 10, 2006

Manufacturer fined over $12K for failing to obtain air approvals

KITCHENER, ONT-Trylon Manufacturing was fined a total of $12,500 and levied a victim fine surcharge for air emission-related violations of Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act). The company's Elmira facility produces metal towers used for communication antennas and light standards. In July 2005 a routine inspection by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) found that the facility lacked air emission certificates of approval (C of As), even though a number of its manufacturing processes required such approvals. The MOE ordered Trylon to apply for approval by October 17, 2005. The company failed to do so. Also following the July 2005 inspection, the Ministry told Trylon that it would require an air emission C of A before carrying out its plan to install a diesel generator. A subsequent investigation by the MOE found that a generator had been installed in August 2005 without a C of A. The investigation also revealed that a paint spray booth was being operated at the facility without the required C of A. Trylon was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, three violations of the EP Act: failing to comply with a provincial officer order, contrary to section 186(2); installing a diesel generator without a C of A, contrary to sections 9(1)(a) and 186(1); and operating a paint spray booth without a C of A, contrary to sections 9(7) and 186(1). The company was fined $2,000 for the first count, and $5,250 each for the second and third counts.

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