Oakville self-storage company fined for Environmental Protection Act violation
Published February 22, 2023 at 5:28 pm
An Oakville self-storage company has been convicted and fined for a violation of the Environmental Protection Act.
Oakville Third Line Limited, which operates a self-storage facility on Third Line, has been convicted of one violation under the environmental act and fined $5,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,250.
They have been given one year to pay for the violation the court said happened on our around Apr. 15 of 2020.
A Burlington Court found them guilty of failing to comply with a certificate of property use by failing to submit a plan describing the specific risk management measures for property development to mitigate vapour intrusion prior to the construction of a new building or additions to existing buildings.
The company purchased the site in January of 2015 at time which a certificate of property use was issued by the province’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
A certificate of property use is a document prescribing specific risk management measures to manage contaminants of concern at the property.
The certificate of property use was amended to reflect the change in ownership on Feb. 10, 2017.
These amendments, prior to the construction of new buildings and/or additions to the existing building, require a plan to be submitted to the ministry describing the specific risk management measures for property development to mitigate vapour intrusion.
The ministry was notified on April 15 of 2020 by the company’s environmental consultant that several ground water monitoring wells were destroyed during the construction of a building addition and new buildings at the site.
A plan for construction of the addition and new building was not submitted to the ministry before construction.
The plan submitted to the ministry by the Oakville company was accepted on July 6, 2020.
The ministry’s Environmental Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid a charge, which resulted in one conviction on Jan. 12, 2023.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising