Ontario’s Laverne Valleau has been was fined $110,000 — plus victim fine surcharge — after pleading guilty to one count of operating, enlarging and extending a waste disposal site without ministry approval contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
Laverne Valleau is the owner of County Salvage, a scrap metal business located in the County of Prince Edward. The court heard that, in April 2004, a Ministry of the environment inspection found that several acres of the property contained a large volume of waste which included construction and demolition waste, household waste and several hundred propane tanks. Further investigation by the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch revealed that no Certificate of Approval had been issued, to either the owner or the business, to accept or deposit waste at this property. Lavern Valleau was charged accordingly.
On May 6, 2005, Laverne Valleau pleaded guilty to one count of operating a waste disposal site without a Certificate of Approval, contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the EPA, thereby committing an offence under Section 186(1) of the act. For this violation, Lavern Valleau was fined $110,000 plus victim fine surcharge. In addition to the fine, Mr. Valleau was also given a Section 190 Order requiring the removal of all waste from the site in accordance with environmental regulations by December 16, 2005.
Justice of the Peace Marilyn A. Robins heard the plea and sentencing submissions in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton, Ontario.
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