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Regens Disposal Ltd Fined $9000 for Exporting Waste Oil Without a Permit

ESTEVAN, Sask. -- March 18, 2011 -- Gene Baniulis, owner of Regens Disposal Ltd. pleaded guilty on March 14, 2011 in Estevan provincial court to a total of five charges and was fined a total of $9,000 for exporting waste oil without a permit to the United States. Four counts were laid under Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) and one count under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).

The penalty consists of a $4,000 fine, and the remaining $5,000 will go to the federal Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). The company has until July 31, 2011 to pay.

Environment Canada’s investigation revealed that the company exported several shipments of waste oil to the United States without a valid permit between October 15 2008 and September 7, 2009. The company’s export permit expired in August 2008. An investigation led to five charges being laid in December 2010.

Environment Canada’ Enforcement Branch investigates offences under CEPA and the EIHWHRMR. EIHWHRMR applies to all individuals and businesses that export from, import into, or transit within Canada for recycling or disposal purposes, wastes or materials that are considered to be hazardous under these regulations.

The Environmental Damages Fund was created in 1995 to provide courts with a mechanism to direct that monetary penalties and settlements be invested for the repair of the actual harm done to the environment. It helps ensure the "polluter pays" principle is applied and that polluters take responsibility for their actions.

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