Environment Canada has updated an earlier news release from July 27, 2005 to reflect the final resolution of a court case that involved battery recycler Battery Broker Environmental Services Inc. of Etobicoke, Ontario and its president. A court date on September 13, 2005, in St. Catharine’s, Ontario resulted in the matter being held over to October 20, 2005. At that time, all charges against the company and its president were withdrawn.
Originally charges were laid on February 25, 2005, after a year-long investigation by Environment Canada. In the end, the only person found guilty in the matter was a former employee, Jeffrey Dressler, who pleaded guilty on July 22, 2005, to two charges under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. He received a sentence of 30 days on each count, to be served concurrently. The charges were related to actions taken by Dressler while employed by Battery Broker. Judge Lacavera heard that on December 18, 2003, and on March 19, 2004, Dressler oversaw the export of more than 37,800 kilograms of waste batteries for recycling to the United States. There were no permits in place authorizing the exports. In addition, Dressler failed to ensure that copies of the relevant waste manifests were forwarded to Environment Canada, as required. It was his responsibility to do so on behalf of the company.
Through a diversion agreement reached between Crown and defense counsel, Battery Broker paid $5,000 to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for environmental projects in the Niagara Region.
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