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Illegal waste site operator jailed

Laverne Valleau was sentenced to 60 days in jail followed by 60 days probation today, after pleading guilty to one ...


Laverne Valleau was sentenced to 60 days in jail followed by 60 days probation today, after pleading guilty to one count of failing to comply with a Provincial Court Order.

On May 6, 2005, Valleau was convicted of one count of operating, enlarging and extending a waste disposal site without the required Certificate of Approval, contrary to section 27(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). He was fined $110,000 for this offence, and was issued a Court Order requiring him to remove all illegal waste from the site by December 16, 2005.

The court heard that in January 2006, an inspection and subsequent investigation conducted by the Ministry of the Environment found that Valleau had not removed the waste from the site. He had also failed to pay the $110,000 fine.

Valleau pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with a Court Order — a violation of section 186(2) of the EPA. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, followed by 60 days probation for this offence.

Valleau has still not complied with the Court Order, nor has he paid the fine. Justice of the Peace Marilyn Robins sentenced the defendant on January 5, 2007, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton.

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