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Business and Business Owner fined $30,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violations

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Business and Business Owner fined $30,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violations

Convicted - Siefker Inc., Dale Siefker

Location - Windsor

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to discharging dust that caused or was likely to have caused an adverse effect and waste being deposited at a property that is not an approved waste disposal site.

Date of Offence - on or about September 15, 2014 and ending on or about July 25, 2015

Date of Conviction - January 31, 2018

Penalty Imposed - On January 31, 2018, Siefker Inc. was convicted of three offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), was fined $25,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $6,250, with two suspended sentences. On the same date, Dale Siefker was convicted of three offences under the EPA, was fined $5,000 plus a VFS of $1,250, with two suspended sentences. Both defendants were given 180 days to pay the fines.

Background - 

  • Siefker Inc. owns property on Country Road 34 in the County of Essex. This site is not approved by the ministry as a waste disposal site.
  • During 2014, the company accepted 189 truckloads of construction waste including concrete, concrete blocks, metals, glass, wood, plastic, steel and miscellaneous construction debris from local high school demolition.On another date, the company accepted several tractor trailer loads of yard waste, brush, tree branches and tree roots at the site.
  • On July 25, 2015, while operating a farm tractor to turn soil at the site, Dale Siefker discharged a large plume of dust which adversely affected nearby residents and their properties.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges and convictions.

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