Convicted parties to pay $21,500 for illegal burning of waste

A conviction or illegal burning of industrial waste means the parties involved will have to pay fines of $21,500 in total.

  • Nov. 29, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Photos of illegal burning site in Thornhill.

A conviction for illegal burning of industrial waste means the parties involved will have to pay fines of $21,500 in total.

On 26th February 2015, as a result of a public complaint, Conservation Officers attended the illegal burning of waste products at an industrial premise located in Thornhill, near Terrace, B.C., reported the BC Conservation Officer Service.

The waste, comprised of approx. 100 gallons of road paint and paint thinners, was ignited in an attempt to dispose of the product without having to utilize the services of a recycling facility, said the office.

This area of Thornhill is a mix of industrial and residential premises and is close to the banks of the Skeena River, it says.

The presence of Toluene, a highly toxic substance located in these types of products, classified the burned ash material as hazardous waste and the site as contaminated, it continued.

Under the direction of the Ministry of Environment, remediation steps have [started] and continue at the site, this to ensure the contaminated area is restored to original condition, said the conservation service..

In October of 2015, charges were laid against Andesite Holdings Ltd, Russell Painting and Sandblasting, Yellowhead Pavement Marking Inc., said the conservation service

On November 23rd 2016, as a result of a collaborative plea arrangement between the province and the charged parties, the accused was sentenced to a combined fine amount of $21,575, continued the conservation officer service

$19,500 of this fine will be payable to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund for use in the Skeena Region, concluded the conservation officer service.

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