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Coco Paving Inc. Fined $10,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

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Coco Paving Inc. Fined $10,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

Convicted - Coco Paving Inc.

Court Location - Belleville Court

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to using, operating or establishing a waste disposal site without a ministry approval.

Date of Offence -  During the period on or about September 18, 2018 and ending on or about September 18, 2018.

Date of Conviction - November 5, 2019

Penalty Imposed - On November 5, 2019, Coco Paving Inc., was convicted on one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $10,000 plus a victim surcharge of $2,500 with 60 days to pay the fine.  As part of sentencing a Section 190 Court Order was issued to Coco Paving prohibiting the company from burning waste at the site without a ministry approval.

Background:

  •  Coco Paving owns and operates an asphalt plant located in Belleville, Ontario.
  • In September 2018, ministry staff responded to a public complaint of smoke coming from the site and responded by attending the site.
  • A site inspection revealed that the company was burning various waste materials from their business processes.  Ministry records showed that Coco Paving did not have a valid ministry approval to be carrying out these activities. 
  • An investigation resulted in one charge being laid which resulted in one conviction. 

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