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Environmental Company Fined $50,000 and Issued Court Order for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Environmental Company Fined $50,000 and Issued Court Order for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Convicted - Stormfisher Environmental Ltd.

Court Location - London

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to permitting a discharge of odour into the natural environment that was always likely to cause an adverse effect and for failing to comply with a ministry approval by failing to keep facility doors closed.

Date of Offence - On or about July 24, 2016.

Date of Conviction - September 31, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Stormfisher Environmental Limited was convicted of two violations under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $12,500 with 60 days to pay.  As part of the resolution, Stormfisher has agreed to contribute between $120,000 and $150,000 towards the cost of establishing an air monitoring program in south London.

Background:

  • Stormfisher owns and operates an anaerobic digestion facility on Green Valley Road in London. The company holds a valid ministry approval for the operation of the 4.27-hectare facility. The site also produces fertilizer for resale from the digestate remaining following processing.
  • In July 2016, the ministry received a call from a company located near the Stormfisher site which complained of foul odours coming from the manufacturing facility.
  • Ministry staff attended the site and confirmed that strong odours could be identified, with the odours described as smelling of ammonia, rotten organic/protein odour, rated at an intensity level of an 8 out of 10.
  • While onsite, ministry staff noted the east bay door of the company's reception hall remained open for a minimum of 12 minutes without any truck activity, which is in contravention of their ministry approval.
  • On the same day, additional odour complaints were received by the ministry and subsequent statements concluded that the odour release had adversely impacted neighbouring businesses and residents.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid a number of charges resulting in two convictions.

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