TORONTO – On June 9, the Ontario government announced the passage of Bill 133, the ‘you spill, you pay’ bill that sets stiff monetary penalties on industrial polluters. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment now has the authority to impose a penalty of up to $100,000 a day on companies responsible for unlawful spills and emissions. The fines may be levied as soon as a spill is detected, without having to go through the courts or any other agencies.
The government intends to apply environmental penalties to those facilities affected by the Municipal-Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) regulations including mineral producers.
"Bill 133 will be a valuable compliance tool to ensure that companies take measures to prevent spills and, if they do occur, that they are rectified quickly," said Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky. "All money collected from penalties will go to a dedicated fund to assist communities in dealing with the impact of spills."
E-mail may be sent to Minister Dombrowsky by using the form available at www.ene.gov.on.ca/feedback/email_minister.htm.