2017 Harvest

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Keep it down! MOE fines for discharge of contaminants including sound

On November 19 last year, GB Scrap Metal Ltd. and George Bois pled guilty to violations of Ontario's Environmental Protection Act for the discharge of contaminants - sound, vibrations and scrap metal. The charges related to an explosion at the scrap yard caused when an employee sheared a compressed gas cylinder that apparently hadn't been entirely emptied.

Read the MOE's press release at: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2010/010502.php

Under the Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E-19 ("EPA"), a contaminant means "any solid, liquid, gas, odour, heat, sound, vibration, radiation or combination of any of them resulting directly or indirectly from human activities that causes or may cause an adverse effect". Note, however, that certain noise and odour produced from farming activities may be exempt from restrictions under the EPA pursuant to normal farm practices protection legislation.