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Manufacturer fined $15,000 Environmental Compliance Approval Violation

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Manufacturer fined $15,000 Environmental Compliance Approval Violation

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Convicted - September 13, 2017

Location - Guelph Eramosa

Description of Offence -  The conviction relate to non-compliance with an existing Environment Compliance Approval (ECA).

Date of Offence - November 5, 2015

Date of Conviction - September 13, 2017

Penalty Imposed - Walinga Inc. pleaded guilty to one offence under the Environmental Protection Act, was fined $15,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $3,750 with six months to pay.

Background

  • Walinga Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of transportation equipment and pneumatic conveying systems. 
  • The company operates a manufacturing facility from its site on Highway 6 North, in Guelph Eramosa (the facility). 
  • On November 18, 2010, Walinga Inc. was issued ministry approval (AIR), now referred to as an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the facility, for various air emissions equipment at the facility.
  • On November 5, 2015, ministry staff attended the facility to conduct an inspection.  The purpose of the inspection was to assess compliance with the Facility's ECA.
  • During the inspection, ministry staff observed that two new paint spray booths had been installed at the facility.  The paint spray booths are equipment from which a contaminant may be discharged into the natural environment
  • The two paint spray booths were not approved by the ministry and therefore, were not listed on the facility's ECA
  • The matter was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation the company was convicted and fined $15,000.

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