Apartment Owner Fined $2,000 For Pesticide Violation
Simcoe – An apartment owner was fined $2,000 for performing an extermination using a pesticide without a license, contrary to the Pesticides Act.
“Polluters should be aware that the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch will vigorously pursue charges when our environmental laws are broken,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.
Julio Fernandes owns and manages a rental property in Simcoe with three apartment units. Following a complaint, ministry staff conducted an inspection of one unit, where they were informed by Mr. Fernandes that he had sprayed a pesticide to exterminate bed bugs. Mr. Fernandes had performed an extermination involving the application of the pesticide to a residential dwelling without a license. The pesticide was a commercial pesticide for agricultural use, not for use indoors.
Mr. Fernandes was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given six months to pay the fine.
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