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Company Fined $35,000 For Particulate Discharge

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Company Fined $35,000 For Particulate Discharge

Belleville - Cascades Canada ULC was fined $35,000 for discharging particulate ash onto a residential property that caused an adverse effect, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.

Cascades Canada ULC operates from a location in Quinte West. A residential neighbourhood borders the south side of the company.

The company produces recycled cardboard and wood fibre. The facility includes two wood fired steam boilers. The boilers are equipped with emissions control equipment, as well as continuous monitoring equipment to minimize the risk of unacceptable emissions, and operate under a ministry approval.

The ministry received a complaint about particulate ash having been deposited upon a vehicle and property.  The ministry attended the complainant's property and observed what appeared to be black ash on a vehicle and on the vinyl siding of the residence. A sample of the ash was obtained for analysis. Analysis confirmed that the ash from the boilers had some of the same components as the ash on the complainant's vehicle and home.

The company was fined $35,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $8,750 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

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