June 25, 2007

Auto repair firm, employees fined $46K for illegal tire disposal

BROCKVILLE, ONT-AAA Auto Parts Mechanic & Wrecking, Pierre Sleiman and Tony Aoun were fined a total of $46,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge, for depositing used tires on a property without an approval and for failing to comply with a provincial officer's order to remove tires from the site. After receiving a public complaint in June 2005, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspected a site in the township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and found more than 5,000 tires illegally stored on the property. A provincial officer issued an order requiring the company to reduce the number of tires to less than 5,000 by September 23, 2005. The company failed to comply with the order and was charged following an investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch. All three parties pleaded guilty to violating section 41 of the Environmental Protection Act. AAA and Toni Aoun were fined $10,000 on each count, for a total of $40,000, while Pierre Sleiman was fined a total of $6,000; they were given six months to pay the fines. The court also ordered Sleiman and Aoun to remove the tires by June 25, 2007. Charles Assali, the manager of the property, was given a suspended sentence and will be required to remove the tires by September 1, 2007 if the other defendants do not do so by the June 25, 2007 deadline.

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