According to the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), three individuals have been sentenced to jail terms, and four companies have been fined a total of $1.7 million, plus a victim fine surcharge, after being found guilty of an offence under the Environmental Protection Act related to a fire at a waste site at 10525 Keele Street in Vaughan, Ontario that occurred in October 2004.
The Court heard that the defendants owned or operated a waste site for the processing and transfer of solid non-hazardous industrial and commercial waste at 10525 Keele Street. On October 12, 2004, a fire began on the site and continued to burn for several days, impacting neighboring residences and schools. Following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch, charges were laid against four companies and three individuals. The seven defendants were convicted last year of violating section 14(1) of the Environmental Protection Act by causing or permitting the emission of a contaminant, namely smoke and odor, into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect.
On March 6, 2008 Robert Sansone and Edmon Hanna were each sentenced to six months in jail starting immediately, and each fined $5,000. Guido Titton was sentenced to three months in jail starting immediately and was fined $3,000. The four companies were fined $1.7 million as follows: 310 Waste Limited was fined $500,000, while Rail Cycle Incorporated, 2020780 Ontario Limited and 2020700 Ontario Inc. were each fined $400,000. Each company was given 60 days to pay its fine.
Justice of the Peace Linda DeBartolo heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and imposed sentence on March 6, 2008.