Company Owners sentenced to $2,000 fine and Probation for Environmental Protection Act Violation
Convicted - Dave Alder and Hans Ard
Court Location - Cayuga
Description of Offence - The conviction relates to establishing and operating a waste management system or a waste disposal site without a ministry approval.
Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about August 28, 2017 and ending on or about September 18, 2017.
Date of Conviction - October 4, 2019
Penalty Imposed - Hans Ard and David Alder were convicted of one violation each under the Environmental Protection Act. Mr. Ard was sentenced to a fine of $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given one year to pay. Mr. Alder was issued a suspended sentence and a probation order that prohibits him from being employed or otherwise engaging in the business of waste management, processing, storage or disposal for two years.
- Hans Ard and David Alder were the owners and the sole officers and directors of a numbered company that carried on business at a site on Concession 11, in Hagersville.
- While operating on-site, the numbered company used the site to accept, store and process waste, including processing components of used tires and waste plastic gasoline tanks.
- The numbered company did not hold a ministry approval to authorize these waste processing activities, nor did it hold a renewable energy approval or a registration under the Hazardous Waste Information Network as mandated under the Environmental Protection Act.
- The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid one charge which resulted in one conviction.