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Waste Transfer Business and Former Owner fined $130,000 Total For Non-Compliance with a Ministry Approval

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Waste Transfer Business and Former Owner fined $130,000 Total For Non-Compliance with a Ministry Approval

Kingston - Scott Environmental Group Limited (SEG) and the company's Sole Owner and Director at the time of the violation, George Scott, were fined a total of $130,000 for an offence related to non-compliance with an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), resulting from the company storing liquid industrial and hazardous waste containers for more than 180 days, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.

SEG is an Ontario registered company in the waste transfer and processing business, operating from various properties including a facility on Fortune Crescent, in Kingston, referred to as Plant #2.

On March 19, 2014 two Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change officers attended the plant to conduct an inspection and to compare their findings with SEG's ECA. The facility is permitted under its ECA to accept liquid industrial waste, hazardous waste, and solid non-hazardous waste.

During the inspection, the officers found that wastes had been stored for more than 180 days. The company's ECA requires the owner ensure that no individual waste container is stored at Plant #2 for more than 180 days.

A ministry inspection report was provided to SEG, and identified a number of action items to be undertaken in order to resolve the non-compliance issues, including ensuring that no individual waste containers be stored on site for more than 180 days.

Two months later both SEG and Mr. Scott were issued a Provincial Officer's Order, which required submission of an action plan and steps to be taken to ensure compliance with the 180 day waste storage limit. SEG's Plant #2 General Manager responded to the order with an action plan however the ministry identified deficiencies in that response, relevant to the 180 day waste storage limit.

On August 15, 2014, Scott Environmental was acquired by another business, and Mr. George Scott is no longer an employee or a director of SEG, and he is not currently associated with the business.

On July 28, 2015, Scott Environmental Group Limited (SEG) and Mr. George Scott were each convicted of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act. SEG was fined $120,000 and Mr. Scott was fined $10,000, plus a combined victim fine surcharge of $32,500. Both the company and Mr. Scott indicated on the record that the fines would be paid on July 28, 2015.

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