A Canadian-based exporter of electronic scrap has pled guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The plea follows an environmental enforcement investigation by Environment Canada, which ended February 25, 2010.
CC Ever Better International Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, pled guilty and was fined $15,000. The fine will be directed to Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.
"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, in an announcement on the agency’s Web site.
The charges, as well as the plea, follows the discovery of 39 skids of miscellaneous plastic and electronic scrap found in a Port of Vancouver, B.C., shipment destined for Hong Kong. Environment Canada opened an investigation into suspected violations of exporting hazardous waste without a permit.
The agency found that of the material slated for export, about 30 skids of broken and non-working computer monitors containing cathode-ray tubes were found. CC Ever Better International pled guilty to exporting hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material without a permit, contrary to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
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.
For more information on the Act, please visit: www.ec.gc.ca/CEPARegistry.