N.W. Cole Associate Appraisers Ltd. pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999 during a court appearance Jan. 27, 2011, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company was ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty.
On Aug. 12, 2009, Environment Canada launched an investigation into the company’s reported illegal export of electronic waste to Hong Kong. The investigation stemmed from an inspection by Environment Canada July 23, 2009, of a sea container that contained assorted old computer and electronic parts at the Port of Halifax.
On Jan. 14, 2010, Environment Canada charged N.W. Cole Associate Appraisers for exporting electronic waste to Hong Kong in violation of the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999, saying the company lacked an exportation permit for hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable materials.
The court ordered that $9,500 of the penalty would be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund for use in Nova Scotia. A fine of $500 would be paid to the court.
Following the "polluter pays principle,” the Environmental Damages Fund of Environment Canada is designed to help ensure that those who damage the environment take responsibility for their actions and helps connect enforcement actions to investments in repairing the harm caused to environment and wildlife.