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Blasting violation results in $20,000 fine for Castonguay Blasting Ltd.

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Blasting violation results in $20,000 fine for Castonguay Blasting Ltd.

BRACEBRIDGE -- Castonguay Blasting Ltd. has been fined $20,000 plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to a violation under the Environmental Protection Act.

The Court heard that Castonguay Blasting Ltd. was hired to conduct drilling and blasting operations at the Rosewarne Quarry in Bracebridge.  A blast was conducted which caused flyrock to be discharged from the quarry and land on nearby private property and roadways.  Castonguay Blasting Ltd. was immediately aware of the discharge, but failed to notify the ministry.

Castonguay Blasting Ltd. was charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment's Investigations and Enforcement Branch.

Castonguay Blasting Ltd. pleaded guilty to one count of failing to notify the ministry that a contaminant, namely flyrock, was discharged into the natural environment, contrary to section 15(1) of the Environmental Protection Act.  Castonguay Blasting Ltd. was fined $20,000 plus a victim fine surcharge, and given 60 days to pay.

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