Ontario-based D. & L. Estates Limited has been fined $25,000 for failing to remove PCB contaminants from its property in compliance with a provincial order.
The estate was fined on November 25, 2013 in Ontario Provincial Court for an offence under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, related to noncompliance 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 to Bert Lundstrom (owner) and John Lundstrom (then an owner) of D. & L. Estates Limited. The order required the PCBS to be removed by May 17, 2012. However, a follow-up inspection revealed that none of the measures outlined in the order 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.