The Ontario Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (MOECP) recently fined an individual $3,000 for the storage of hazardous waste at an unapproved waste disposal site.

The conviction relates to permitting a site to be used for the disposal of hazardous waste at a location that is not a ministry approved waste disposal site.

During the period beginning on or about June 8, 2017 and ending on or about July 19, 2017, Thai Duy Bui leased a public storage unit at a location in the City of Toronto. Mr. Bui stopped making storage unit rental payments in 2017 and abandoned the contents of the storage unit, which were then sold via an online auction.

The contents subsequently had to be identified so that the buyer could arrange for disposal. It was identified as a combination of liquid and solid wastes, characterized as corrosive, ignitable and reactive.

The Ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch (IEB) investigated and laid one charge which resulted in one conviction.

Thai Duy Bui was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $3,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $750 with 12 months to pay the fine.