WHETLANDS, SASK. – A Saskatchewan rural municipality, a construction company and two individuals have been fined $70,000 for improper disposal of demolition waste.
On May 30, the RM of Wheatlands, Morsky Industrial Services and Parkbeg-area landowners Dale Young and Aaron Lambert pleaded guilty to charges under the Environmental Management and Protection Act in Moose Jaw Provincial Court. Fines and surcharges totalled $70,000.
Following guilty pleas, Morsky Industrial Services and Dale Young were each fined $21,000 and Lambert was fined $7,000. All the money will go to the Province of Saskatchewan’s Impacted Sites Fund.
On Dec. 16, 2022, a call to the Turn In Poachers and Polluters line reported unlawful burning near the community of Parkbeg, approximately 60 kilometres west of Moose Jaw. An investigation by conservation officers found several Parkbeg houses had been demolished with the resulting waste hauled to two nearby properties.
At one site materials were dumped in a pit and burned including toxic materials such as asphalt shingles, painted lumber and other construction waste. Concrete foundations were dumped at the second site.