stephen bleizeffer • 1.800.265.2625 ext. 311 • sbleizeffer@lmicanada.com • www.lmicanada.com INSURANCE PROGRAM PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR: • Water Well Drilling Contractors • Pump Installation Contractors • Geo Thermal Heating Contractors • Hydro Geologists / Geo Scientists • Manufacturers / Suppliers Directors & Officers / Employment Practices COVERAGE: A liability program designed to provide you with defense costs arising from an employee dispute or issue with one of the Ministries. (Labour, Environment, Revenue) COVERAGES INCLUDE: • Automobile & Fleet • Property & Commercial Liability • Environmental Impairment Liability • Errors & Omissions (Professional) Liability • Bonding PROUDLY SERVING THE GROUNDWATER INDUSTRY SINCE 1992: Lackner McLennan Insurance has made it their business to protect other businesses, and their specialty program for the groundwater industry has been making waves. The Ontario Ground Water Association [ SUMMER 2017 ] Page 27 Canada Inc., and EllisDon Corporation were contracted to build Ottawa’s Confederation Line light rail transit project. Construction of the line began in 2013 and required approximately 2.5 kilometres of tunneling. The tunneling operation involves cutting rock using machines lubricated by water and produces a watery slurry waste. The slurry is classified as a liquid industrial waste, which must be removed and disposed of in accordance with regulatory requirements. In early January 2015, OLRT hired a contractor to dispose of the slurry waste. The contractor did not hold an ECA to haul the waste as required. The contractor hauled 13 loads of the slurry from March 4, 2015 to March 12, 2015 and disposed all at a dugout area at a property on Howie Rd., in Ottawa. The site was licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act for aggregate extraction but was not an approved waste disposal site. The OLRT was the generator of the waste, and did not complete waste manifests for the thirteen shipments. At the time of the violations the aggregate pit was leased to Richard Earnest Rump who had contracted with the haulage company to allow the waste to be deposited at the pit despite the fact that the pit was not an approved waste disposal site. The illegal disposal of liquid industrial waste at the pit was discovered as a result of an anonymous call to the ministry on March 12, 2015. Shipments of the slurry to the pit were immediately terminated by OLRT and OLRT Constructors conducted a cleanup of the material that had been disposed of at the pit and arranged for proper disposal of the slurry in compliance with the EPA. Subsequently, the matter was referred to the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendants were charged. On June 21, 2017, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., and EllisDon Corporation were convicted of one offence each. Each of the companies were fined $30,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $7,500 and were given 90 days to pay. Richard Ernest Rump was convicted and was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,250 and was given one year to pay. Excavation Company fined $50,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations - June 16, 2017 Woodstock - J-AAR Excavating pleaded guilty to one charge and was fined $50,000 for discharging sediment into a municipal storm sewer, which proceeded to enter Whiting Creek and impaired the waters, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). J-AAR Excavating Limited is a corporation located in London. In August 2013, the company was hired to complete a public works project involving the installation of a sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer on Holcroft St. W. in Ingersoll. The project required site excavation and dewatering to facilitate the subsurface installation of structural components of the sewers and watermain. Holcroft St. W. crosses a tributary of the South Thames River named Whiting Creek at a point just northeast of the site. On or about June 10, 2014, the company during project works pumped water containing sediment out of the construction