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Listowel Individual fined $1,500 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Listowel Individual fined $1,500 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Guelph - Joey Whitton pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $1,500 for depositing waste at a location which was not a ministry approved waste disposal site, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

Joey Whitton is an employee of a barn whitewashing company that conducts activities such as barn painting, pressure washing and sandblasting.

On May 29, 2015, Mr. Whitton drove one of the company vehicles used to conduct barn whitewashing to Bride Road in the Township of Minto.

Neighbours observed the vehicle and contacted the Township of Minto to report white material in the ditch where the truck was parked.

The ministry was notified and ministry staff attended the location.

A sample of the material that was deposited in the ditch was sent to the ministry lab for analysis, which determined that the sample was consistent with whitewash, which meets the definitions of both industrial waste and liquid waste.

There is no approved waste disposal site or Environmental Compliance Approval for the location Mr. Whitton used to deposit the whitewash.

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

On March 15, 2017, Joey Whitton was convicted of one offence, was fined $1,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $375 and was given 9 months to pay the fine.

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