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Asbestos Removal Company Owner Jailed

Ian MacAlpine - The Whig, January 14, 2016

The owner of a local asbestos removal company has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for failing to comply with a court order made under the Environmental Protection Act to remove asbestos waste from his property.

Christopher Norman Joyce was sentenced this week in Provincial Offences court.

Joyce was sent to jail after ignoring two previous ministry orders to clean up and remove the asbestos.

According to a news release from the Ministry of the Environment, Joyce took over the management of Joyce Energy Savings Company in April of 2007 and the company operated in the Kingston area conducting asbestos-removal services. They removed asbestos from buildings and homes and bagged and stored the asbestos in trailers.

MOE said Joyce was personally responsible for putting the bags of asbestos in the trailers on properties on Hwy. 15 and on Terry Fox Drive.

The business was headquartered at 374 Nelson Street, just north of Concession Street until about 2008 but asbestos was never stored there, said the MOE.

The company had financial problems, said the ministry, and abandoned the trailers. Afterwards, the ministry followed up on a complaint about the abandoned asbestos waste and identified two locations where asbestos waste was illegally being stored.

The ministry said Joyce took full responsibility for the waste at the two locations but was unable to clean it up and dispose of it properly despite two orders from the ministry over the past 22 months.

In 2013, the ministry ordered Joyce to hire a qualified person to prepare a report to clean up the sites by March 1, 2013. Joyce, said the ministry, did not comply with the deadline and was still in non-compliance with ministry requirements in the summer of 2014, as the asbestos waste remained at his residence at this time.

In July 2014, Joyce pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the ministry’s order. He was fined and the court issued an order requiring Joyce to remove the asbestos waste to an approved site within 30 days. Joyce again failed to meet the court’s deadline and following an investigation by the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch, he was charged with non-compliance of a court order.

On Nov. 24, 2015, Joyce was convicted of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act for failing to comply with a court order to remove the asbestos waste.

Kate Jordan of the communications branch of the Environment Ministry said the business is no longer operational.

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