Big Jack Enterprises to pay $17,000 and forfeit equipment for environmental violations
March 6, 2015 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Big Jack Enterprises Ltd. pleaded guilty on March 4, 2015, in Vancouver Provincial court to contravening the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999).
The violations were identified during inspections by Environment Canada enforcement officers in 2013, which led to the seizure of equipment, including sprayers, earth augers, water pumps and chainsaws.
The company pleaded guilty and was ordered to forfeit the seized equipment, valued at roughly $15,000, and pay a fine of $17,000 for importing gas powered equipment that violated the provisions of the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations. The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offender’s Registry.
- CEPA, 1999, is an important part of Canada’s body of federal environmental legislation. It is an Act respecting pollution prevention and the protection of the environment and human health in order to contribute to sustainable development.
- The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is administered by Environment Canada. It was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment. Any fine paid as a penalty in respect of a CEPA, 1999, offence is directed to the EDF.
- The Environmental Offenders Registry contains information on convictions of corporations registered for offences committed under certain federal environmental laws. The Registry contains convictions recorded for offences committed since June 18, 2009--when the Environmental Enforcement Act received Royal Assent.
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