Markham Company and President Fined $20,000 For Illegal Waste Activities
Newmarket - A Markham company and its president were fined $20,000 for depositing or permitting the deposit of waste without ministry approval, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.
Michael Darcy is the President and owner of M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc., formerly located on Riviera Drive, Markham. The company has a ministry approval for a waste management system that allows it to transfer waste directly from dental offices to an approved waste disposal site.
On May 29, 2013, the ministry received a complaint that an individual was dumping a brown chemical onto a concrete driveway and that it was washed into the sewer by rain. The ministry and the City of Markham attended the site and determined that an employee of M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc. had dumped 8 litres of used x-ray developer diluted with 25 liters of water onto the parking lot.
An investigation by the ministry determined that the material dumped on May 29, 2013 would be considered industrial waste and that the site does not have approval as a waste disposal site.
The company and Michael Darcy were fined a total of $20,000 plus victim fine surcharges totalling $5,000 and were given six months to pay the fines.