March 11, 2010

Attempted Illegal Export of Hazardous Waste Results in $15,000 Fine

Filed under: Environmental Crime, North America, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 8:31 pm

A Canadian-based exporter of electronic scrap pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, Environment Canada announced. The plea follows an environmental enforcement investigation by Environment Canada, which ended February 25, 2010. Following the discovery of 39 skids of miscellaneous plastic and electronic scrap in a Port of Vancouver shipment destined for Hong Kong, Environment Canada opened an investigation into suspected violations of exporting hazardous waste without a permit. Of the discovered material, there were approximately 30 skids of broken and non-working computer monitors containing cathode-ray tubes.

“Strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental laws is a cornerstone of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting clean air and clean water. This guilty plea will help deter others from failing to follow the rules for proper export of hazardous goods,” says Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister.

CC Ever Better International Co. Ltd. pleaded guilty to exporting hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material without a permit, contrary to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and was fined $15,000. The fine will be directed to Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, aims to prevent pollution, and protect the environment by preventing and managing risks posed by toxic and other harmful substances. The Act also manages the environmental and human health impacts through provisions related to biotechnology, marine pollution, disposal at sea, fuels, hazardous wastes, environmental emergencies, as well as emissions from vehicles, engines and equipment.

Every person or company who contravenes a provision of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, or its regulations is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of not more than $300,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or both. For more information on the Act, please visit:  www.ec.gc.ca/CEPARegistry.

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