Erie Environmental Services Inc. has been fined a total of $85,000 after pleading guilty to three counts under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
Erie Environmental, based in Kingsville, Ontario, operates a waste management system and is authorized by the Ministry of the Environment to collect and transport domestic, commercial, non-hazardous waste, processed organic waste and contaminated soil. The company is not authorized to operate a waste storage or transfer site at its head office location.
The court heard that between March 21 and June 10, 2003, a nearby business was subjected to the odours of decaying waste that were emanating from Erie Environmental’s head office. Some staff reported feeling nauseous and of their clothes smelling badly.
In April and May, ministry staff inspected the head office site and found piles of vegetable wastes and containers of stored fish processing waste on the grounds. As a result of the ongoing odour complaints, an order was issued on June 12, 2003. It required the company to submit a documented plan of action for the handling, transportation, storage, processing or disposal of the waste and to cease such work until the plan was approved by a provincial officer.
The company did not submit a plan, nor did it cease collecting and transporting fish waste.
By operating a waste transfer site without approval, by causing or permitting the discharge of odours that caused an adverse effect, and by failing to comply with the requirements of a provincial officer order, Erie Environmental acted contrary to Section 27(1), Section 14(1) and Section 186 (2), respectively, under the EPA. The company pleaded guilty to the three charges and was fined $10,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, for these offences.
The company was given 18 months to pay the fines.
For further information, contact Mark Rabbior, communications branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment at 416-314-6666