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Toronto and Whitby Companies fined $7,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Toronto and Whitby Companies fined $7,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Lindsay - National Stucco and Wall Systems Inc. and 8574596 Canada Incorporated pleaded guilty to one offence and were each fined $3,500 for discharging a contaminant, styrofoam particulate, which interfered with the normal conduct of business, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

National Stucco and Wall Systems Inc. (National Stucco) is in the business of providing stucco services and 8574596 Canada Incorporated (8574596 Canada Inc.) is in the business of property management.

National Stucco was hired by 8574596 Canada Inc. to apply stucco to the exterior wall of a building located on Kent Street West in Kawartha Lakes.

On June 23, 2015, as part of the Stucco application process, National Stucco sanded Styrofoam after it was applied to the exterior wall of the building.

During this process, Styrofoam particulate was discharged into the natural environment and blew throughout the neighbourhood.

On the same day, the ministry advised the directors of both companies to take actions to prevent the discharge of Styrofoam particulate into the natural environment and to clean up the area.

On June 27, 2015, the Styrofom sanding process continued at the building and no measures were taken to stop the discharge.

On June 27, 2015, several neighbouring businesses reported the discharge of Styrofoam that occurred to the ministry.

On July 7, 2015, ministry staff inspected the area around the building and informed the companies that the clean-up was not sufficient, and that additional clean-up was necessary in order to prevent impacts to the natural environment.

On July 9, 2015, ministry staff inspected the area again, and informed 8574596 Canada Inc. that the clean-up remained insufficient.

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

On March 28, 2017, National Stucco and Wall Systems Inc. and 8574596 Canada Incorporated were convicted of one offence each, were fined $3,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $875 and were given one year to pay the fines.

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