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Toronto Company fined $175,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Toronto Company fined $175,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Toronto - Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $175,000 for discharging a contaminant into the natural environment, causing an adverse effect, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. produces linerboard and corrugated cardboard from the recycling of waste corrugated cardboard. The company operates a facility on Progress Avenue in Toronto.

On April 7, 2015, the scale house operator at the company observed and reported an ash leak.

The company's Chief Boiler Engineer conducted a visual inspection and did not observe any leak and did not shut down the boiler.

On the same day, a routine inspection by a company mechanic revealed a small hole in the piping leading to the ash silo from the fluidized bed boiler. The observation was noted on an inspection sheet and was left for the Chief Boiler Engineer.

The Chief Boiler Engineer conducted a second visual inspection and again did not observe any ash leaking. He continued with the operation of the boiler.

On April 8, 2015, an ash leak was observed again, but an inspection did not locate the hole.

On April 9, 2015, the ministry received a complaint from an adjacent company regarding the discharge of ash clay off-site from the company.

Ministry staff responded to the complaint and confirmed that the discharge was from Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd.

Ministry staff observed a thick grey substance that coated the paved parking surface and the vehicles at the complainant's site along with a thick steam plume blowing from the direction of Atlantic Packaging's paper mill.

Ministry staff attended the facility and confirmed that the material was incinerator ash from the company's fluidized bed boiler.

The matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid.

On February 16, 2017, Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. was convicted of one offence, was fined $175,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $43,750 and was given 6 months to pay the fine.

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