D. & L. Estates fined for environmental violation
D. & L. Estates Limited Fined for Violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
THUNDER BAY, Ont. - December 2, 2013 - D. & L. Estates Limited was sentenced Monday, November 25, 2013, to pay $25,000 in Ontario Provincial Court for an offence under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, (CEPA, 1999) related to non-compliance with the PCB Regulations (SOR/2008-273). The offence took place at the former NORAD radar station in Armstrong Station, Ontario, close to the north shore of Lake Nipigon, now owned by D. & L. Estates.
On April 19, 2012, enforcement officers from Environment Canada issued an Environmental Protection Compliance Order (EPCO) to Mr. Bert Lundstrom (owner) and Mr. John Lundstrom (then an owner) of D. & L. Estates Limited. The EPCO required that specific measures related to sections of the PCB Regulations under CEPA, 1999, be taken no later than May 17, 2012. A follow-up inspection revealed that none of the measures outlined in the EPCO had been implemented. As a result, D. & L. Estates was charged on April 22, 2013, for failing to comply with an EPCO.
In addition to the fine, and prior to pleading guilty, D & L Estates Limited retained the services of a licensed PCB contractor to remove all of the PCB contaminated equipment from the property and to have the PCBs destroyed.
EPCOs are orders that Environment Canada’s enforcement officers may issue to put an immediate stop to a CEPA, 1999, violation, prevent a violation from occurring in the first place, or require action to be taken to correct a violation. These orders are one of the tools under CEPA, 1999, that allow handling of offences without formal court prosecution.
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