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Waste Disposal Site fined $105,000 for Failing to Comply with a Court Order

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Waste Disposal Site fined $105,000 for Failing to Comply with a Court Order

Convicted - Tony DePasquale and Copper Cliff Metals and Wrecking Corp.

Location - St. Catharines

Description of Offence -  The convictions relate to failing to comply with a Section 190 Court Order to remove waste from a site.

Date of Offence - Between June 23, 2013 and December 20, 2013

Date of Conviction - February 13, 2017, sentenced on November 24, 2017

Penalty Imposed -  Tony DePasquale and Copper Cliff Metals and Wrecking Corp. pleaded guilty to one offence under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The defendants were fined a total of $105,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $26,250. They have 30 days to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Tony DePasquale is the sole Director and Chief Executive Officer of Copper Cliff Metals and Wrecking Corp., which operated an approved waste disposal site on Twenty Rd. in the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
  • On April 8, 2010, the ministry issued a ministry order to both defendants ordering the removal of waste located on the site.
  • The Order was not complied with, which resulted in charges and convictions against both defendants.
  • As part of the conviction, the court issued a Section 190 Court Order against Mr. DePasquale and the Copper Cliff Metals and Wrecking Corp., which mandated the removal of waste pile # 16 from the site.The order also required the waste be disposed of properly and that the defendants provide documentation and proof of removal, to the ministry by June 22, 2013.  The Court Order was not complied with.
  • The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and one conviction against each defendant.
  • The waste pile has now been removed.

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