Fines total $710K for Vaughan waste transfer firm, operator
RICHMOND HILL, ONT-310 Waste, 2020700 Ontario and Edmond Hanna, a director of the latter company, have been fined a total of $710,000 and levied victim fine surcharges in connection with high-profile violations of Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act) relating to a waste transfer and processing facility in the municipality of Vaughan, north of Toronto. 310 Waste and Hanna operated a waste transfer and processing facility at 10525 Keele Street in Vaughan, a property owned by 2020700 Ontario. A condition of the site's operating certificate of approval (C of A) limited daily waste storage to less than 1,500 tonnes. In June 2003, a Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection revealed that the facility was exceeding its waste storage limit by several thousand tonnes. The two companies were issued a provincial officer order requiring them to remove all excess waste from the site. In a follow-up inspection, the MOE found that the companies had not complied with the order. They, along with Hanna, were charged after an investigation by the ministry's investigations and enforcement branch. 310 Waste and Hanna each pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a C of A condition, in violation of section 186(3) of the EP Act. The company was fined $100,000 and Hanna was fined $10,000; he was also issued a court order prohibiting him from engaging in waste management for two years. In addition, 310 Waste and 2020700 Ontario each pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a provincial officer order, contrary to section 186(2) of the EP Act. The companies were fined $200,000 and $400,000 respectively for this offence.