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Road Maintenance Company fined $80,000 for Waste Disposal Violations

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Road Maintenance Company fined $80,000 for Waste Disposal Violations

Bracebridge - Road and highway maintenance company Carillion Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $80,000, for depositing waste in land that is not a ministry approved waste disposal site, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

Carillion Canada Inc. (Carillion) is an Ontario corporation that entered into an Area Maintenance Contract with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in 2012 to perform maintenance on provincial highways in the Huntsville area. The company also entered into a land lease to lease a yard at 389 Old Ferguson Road, Huntsville, for the purpose of running their operation to maintain the provincial highways.

On or about May 12, 2014, an employee of Carillion discovered two 45-gallon drums of unknown material in the yard. He requested direction on what to do with the drums and was told to bury the drums at the back of the yard. The employee did as he was told and buried the drums.

In January 2015, the ministry received information from a complainant who alleged that employees from Carillion were instructed to bury drums containing an unknown substance. As a result, the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch initiated an investigation of the allegations. The buried drums were subsequently located and exhumed. They were found to contain waste petroleum oil and weathered paint/protective coating. As a result, charges were laid.

During the investigation, the Ministry of Transportation cooperated fully with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to uncover the details of the case, and to bring the case to trial.

On January 12, 2016, Carillion Canada Inc. was convicted of one offence, and was fined $80,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $20,000, and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

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