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General Contractor fined $1,000 for Environmental Proteciton Act Violation

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General Contractor fined $1,000 for Environmental Proteciton Act Violation

Convicted - James Edward Hanian

Court Location – Belleville Court

Description of Offence – The conviction relates to depositing or permitting the deposit of waste on a site that is not a ministry approved waste disposal site.

Date of Offence – November 29, 2017

Date of Conviction – October 1, 2019

Penalty Imposed – James Edward Hanianwas convicted on one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $1,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $250 with 12 months to pay. 


  • In July 2017, James Edward Hanian was working for a contractor to perform various services related to pavement marking removal on an airstrip at a Canadian Forces Base in Trenton. The alleged violation occurred at a nearby commercial property on HamiltonRoad in QuinteWest.
  • To comply with the Environment Protection Act it was arranged that the wastewater generated by the work be disposed of at a drain inside an onsite fire hall. The drain is connected to an appropriate treatment facility, and the industrial waste/sludge created by the work was to be placed in bins for removal by a certified waste disposal company. 
  • On November 29, 2017, a local commercial property owner observed a vehicle depositing wastewater onto the property.  The owner approached the driver who identified himself as Mr. Hanian. 
  • On December 4, 2017, the ministry received a report which detailed the illegal dumping of industrial waste.  As a result, ministry staff attended the site and determined that wastewater and sludge found on the commercial property was a result of the discharge from Mr. Hanian’s vehicle. 
  • A ministry order was issued, and the site was subsequently remediated.
  • An investigation resulted in one charge being laid resulting in one conviction.

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