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Priestly Demolition fined $70,000 for Spill and Failure to Report to MOECC

Written by on April 13, 2016.

The defendant, Priestly Demolition Inc. caused chlorine gas to be discharged into the environment when an employee operating a magnetic grapple attempted to move old pressurized gas cylinders. During the move, a valve snapped releasing the gas. The employee experienced a burning sensation and was taken to the hospital where he received treatment and stayed overnight. The employee has suffered no known long-term harm to his health. The chlorine cloud released from the gas cylinder drifted acr...

Teck Metals: $3 Million in Fisheries Act fines

Written by on April 04, 2016.

On February 29, 2016, Teck Metals Ltd. plead guilty to three offences under the Fisheries Act for the release of substances deleterious to fish in the Columbia River. The total fine was $3,000,000 for the Fisheries Act offences. Teck Metals also paid $400,000 in fines under BC legislation. All of the $3,000,000 fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund for fish habitat and fisheries restoration projects in the Kootenay River or Columbia River watersheds. Teck Metals released a...

First Imprisonment under CEPA for dry cleaner

Written by on March 18, 2016.

At the end of February, Environment and Climate Change Canada posted a notice about its “first-ever imprisonment” of a dry cleaner under the tetrachloroethylene regulations. For improper storage and handling practices, the dry-cleaner will face a four-month conditional sentence in the form of 75 days house arrest followed by a curfew and an additional 60 hours of community service. We’ve noticed a trend of higher enforcement activity against dry cleaners in recent years. In October 201...

General Contractor Dalcon Enterprises fined $80,000

Written by on March 02, 2016.

On January 25, 2016, Dalcon Enterprises Ltd., a general contractor, was convicted of two offences and fined $80,000 (plus the 25% victim fine surcharge). The fines were for the discharge of a contaminant that caused an adverse effect and for failing to report the discharge to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”), contrary to the Environmental Protection Act(EPA). Dalcon was contracted to carry out a water and sewer line replaced in the Town of Kemptville, Municip...

MOECC Updates – June 2015

Written by on July 06, 2015.

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed of environmental issues that could impact your business, we have collected this list of recent MOECC fines for violations of the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. If you have any questions or would like more information about how these Acts have implications on your business, please contact Paula Lombardi. Metal Recycler Fined $3,500 For Operating Unapproved Sewage Works Orangeville - Melancthon Township met...