TEO Corporation, Estebe Plastics Limited and Patrick Murray fined a total of $54,000 for violating the Environmental Protection Act
BURLINGTON -- Teo Corporation, Estebe Plastics Limited and Patrick Murray have been fined a total of $54,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to violating the Environmental Protection Act.
The Court heard that Patrick Murray is an officer of both Teo Corporation and Estebe Plastics Limited. Estebe Plastics Limited molds plastic containers, and these containers are filled with deodorant by Teo Corporation. From September 2004 to November 2005, odours and raw sewage mixed with liquid industrial waste leaked out of the septic bed at the property where these companies were carrying on business and spilled into a municipal storm water drainage ditch. The two companies also permitted eight loads of liquid industrial wastes mixed with sewage to leave the facility when they had not completed a manifest for the waste in accordance with regulations.
Teo Corporation, Estebe Plastics Limited and Patrick Murray were charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment's Investigations and Enforcement Branch.
Teo Corporation and Estebe Plastics pleaded guilty to violating section 19(1)(a) of Regulation 347 under the Environmental Protection Act, by permitting subject waste to leave their waste generation facility without completing a manifest. The companies were fined $25,000 each, plus victim fine surcharges, and given 15 days to pay. Patrick Murray pleaded guilty to violating section 14(1) of the Environmental Protection Act by discharging or permitting the discharge of a contaminant causing an adverse effect. Mr. Murray was fined $4,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, and given one year to pay.
Justice of the Peace Jerry Woloschuk heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Burlington, Ontario, and imposed sentence on April 1, 2008.