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Mississauga Company Fined $6,000 For Operating Equipment Without Approval

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Mississauga Company Fined $6,000 For Operating Equipment Without Approval

Mississauga - A manufacturing company was fined $6,000 for operating a dust collector without a ministry approval and failing to comply with a ministry order in relation to wood dust emissions, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.

I.O.F. Business Furniture Manufacturing Inc. operates a manufacturing facility in Mississauga. Wood dust generated from the facility's manufacturing operations is directed through a dust collector and discharges into a metal waste bin located on the ground below the dust collector.

In response to a complaint of wood dust blowing onto adjacent property, ministry staff attended both properties and confirmed that the complainant's property had been impacted by the wood dust that was coming from the company's facility. The ministry requested that the company install an enclosure or structure to prevent emissions and apply for a ministry approval in order to operate the dust collector.

In a follow up inspection, the ministry issued an order requiring the company to complete the work requested as previously advised, which the company failed to do.

The company was fined a total of $6,000 plus victim fine surcharges totaling $1,500 and was given 90 days to pay the fine. 

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