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Residential Property Owner fined $3,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violations

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Residential Property Owner fined $3,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violations

Convicted - Sandra Doran

Location - Guelph

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to comply with two Provincial Officer's Orders issued under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

Date of Offence - On or about May 30, 2015 and ending on or about March 29, 2016

Date of Conviction - February 27, 2018

Penalty Imposed -Sandra Doran was convicted on three counts under the EPA, was fined $3,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $750 and was given 15 days to pay the fine. 


  • In 2013, Sandra Doran purchased a residential property on Alice Street in Guelph, which had been earlier contaminated with fuel oil from a historic spill at the property.
  • In December 2014, the ministry received a complaint that the Alice Street site was up for sale and that it had not been adequately remediated.
  • In January 2015, ministry staff contacted the environmental remediation company that was indicated on the previous owners' insurance documentation and requested validation of the property's remediation and testing.
  • A Provincial Officer Order was subsequently issued to the environmental remediation company and also to Ms. Sandra Doran, requiring the submission of an update on all environmental activities conducted at the site to date.
  • The reporting was not submitted by the date required, despite an extension to the Order deadline.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and the conviction against the property owner.

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