PEI

Barn fire leads to fine under environment act

Brookfield Gardens Incorporated has been fined $1,000 after pleading guilty Monday to violating air quality regulations under P.E.I.'s Environmental Protection Act.
Firefighters check for hot spots in the barn fire in North Milton in September. (CBC)

Brookfield Gardens Incorporated has been fined $1,000 after pleading guilty Monday to violating air quality regulations under  P.E.I.'s Environmental Protection Act.

The charge for illegally burning construction waste was laid in connection with a fire that burned out of control on its North Milton property in September.

The Crown withdrew charges against John Joseph Travis Jones, the man who actually lit the fire.

The provincial fire marshal determined that an unattended burn of construction debris spread to an area where about 600 palette boxes were being stored. From there it spread to a steel barn, which was destroyed in the blaze.

Two fire fighters with the North River department were sent to hospital with heat exhaustion from fighting the fire.

Wade MacKinnon, acting manager of investigation and enforcement with the Department of Environment, said the company did not have a permit to burn the debris.

"Under the air quality regulations of the Environmental Protection Act, you cannot burn construction materials from demolition or new sites without a permit…because a lot of times there's materials in there that should not be burned," he said.

"It could be pressure treated wood, it could be Styrofoam, rubber and plastics in construction wastes which are illegal to burn under the Environmental Protection Act."

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