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Company and director fined $8,000 for Environmental Protection Act violations

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2172936 Ontario Ltd. and company director, Angelo Salciccioli pleaded guilty to one offence each and were fined a total of $8,000 for using an automotive paint spray booth without registering the equipment on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR), contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the use of automotive refinishing products results in the emission of volitile organic compounds (VOCs) following application of the products to a surface. VOCs are air pollutants that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, the main ingredients in smog.

The company is an auto collision company operating in Hamilton. Mr. Angelo Salciccioli is a director of the company.

The company performs automotive refinishing using a paint spray booth, which needed to be registered with the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).

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Ministry officers conducted inspections of the site and determined that an unregistered automotive paint spray booth was being operated at the facility.

Subsequently, the matter was referred to the Ministry’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was charged and convicted.

The company was convicted of one offence, fined $6,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,500 and was given 12 months to pay the fine. On the same date, Mr. Salciccioli was convicted of one offence, fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given 12 months to pay the fine.

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