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Halton Hills Company fined $5,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Halton Hills Company fined $5,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Walkerton - 402725 Grey Road 4 Ltd. pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined $5,000, received a suspended sentence and two years' probation for failing to comply with conditions of an Environmental Compliance Approval by failing to submit written notification to the ministry of change of ownership and failing to provide financial assurance, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

402725 Grey Road 4 Ltd. owns a Waste Disposal Site (WDS) located on Grey Road 4 West in Durham.

The site was used for the disposal of wood waste and ash generated from the wood processing plant by a previous owner.

On July 4, 2005, the ministry issued an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the WDS and a Notice of the ECA was issued on December 4, 2013.

Under conditions of the ECA, the company is required to: notify the ministry of any change of ownership, pay updated Financial Assurance (FA) for the site within 30 days of issuance of the Notice; and, that the FA be re-evaluated on a three year cycle beginning on March 31, 2015.

On April 30, 2015, ministry staff conducted a routine inspection of the WDS and determined that the company had not met the conditions.

Ministry staff conveyed the outstanding actions to the company. The actions were to be addressed and communicated back to the ministry by September 30, 2015.

On September 30, 2015, the company notified the ministry of the change of ownership that same day.

By December 31, 2015, the FA payment and re-evaluation of the FA had not been submitted to the ministry.

The matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid.
On March 9, 2017, 402725 Grey Road 4 Ltd. was convicted of two offences, was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1250 with 90 days to pay, received a suspended sentence and two years of probation.

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