A huge fire erupted early yesterday at the waste-transfer station in Vaughan, Ontario that experienced earlier fires and is under a Control Order from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The fire is the second blaze at the facility in six weeks.
Flames were visible for miles and smoke forced nearby residents to remain indoors and some business to close early. The fire broke out of a large woodpile and quickly spread. Fire officials say they expect the blaze to last for several days.
The environment ministry has had enough and has assumed control of the cleanup. The site operators, 310 Waste Ltd. and a number of associated parties, face charges under the Environmental Protection Act for allegedly surpassing the site’s legally permitted storage capacity under it’s certificate of approval.
Site manager Robert Sansone was quoted saying the company has faced delays as it tried to remove excess waste and get permission to sell or otherwise arrange for the removal of material.
Vaughan estimates that the city spent $500,000 to $750,000 fighting an earlier October fire, and now the costs will rise.