March 5, 2007

Transport firm fined for burning banned material, ordered to publish offence details

CALGARY, ALTA-After pleading guilty to burning prohibited debris without the appropriate environmental approval, PA Singer Transport was fined $6,000 and ordered to publish details of its offence in a Calgary newspaper. The company was charged after an August 2005 inspection by Alberta Environment staff who noticed an offensive odour and smoke billowing from an on-site garbage bin. The bin was being used to burn waste including plastics, aerosol cans and automotive parts. Burning these materials results in dense smoke, strong odours and the release of toxic substances. This was the company's second such offence in as many years: after the first time Singer was found burning prohibited debris without approval, in 2003, the company was fined only $115.

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