Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd and Joseph and Ornella Cirillo fined a total of $50,000 for violoating the Environmental Protection Act
WELLAND - Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd., and Joseph and Ornella Cirillo have been fined a total of $50,000, plus victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to violating the Environmental Protection Act.
The Court heard that Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd. is in the business of asphalt paving and road maintenance, and is owned by Joseph and Ornella Cirillo. In June 2006, the owner of the adjacent property to Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd contacted the Ministry of the Environment to complain that his vegetation was damaged as a result of salt draining on his property. A ministry investigation revealed sodium concentrations in tested soils to be approximately 13 times higher than normal concentrations.
Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd, and Joseph and Ornella Cirillo were charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment's Investigations and Enforcement Branch.
Done-Rite Paving Co. Ltd and Joseph and Ornella Cirillo pleaded guilty to discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect, contrary to section 14 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act. The company was fined $30,000 and the individuals were fined $2,500 each, plus victim fine surcharge. The company and individuals also pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to comply with a Provincial Officer's Order in failing to cease the discharge of salt and salt-related contaminants from their property, and failing to remediate the neighbouring property which was adversely affected by the discharge, as required under the Provincial Officer's Order. The company was fined a total of $10,000 and the individuals were fined a total of $2,500 each, plus victim fine surcharge. The company and individuals were given six months to pay all fines. The defendants are also bound by an order that details their obligations to remediate the affected property.
Justice of the Peace T. Froese heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Welland, Ontario, and imposed sentence on June 4, 2008.