Rock blasting for the Red Hill Expressway that sprayed mountain homes with softball sized rocks have resulted in charges against one of the city’s sub-contractors. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has charged Consbec Inc with two counts of “discharging a contaminant into the natural environment that causes an adverse effect” and two counts of failing to notify the Ministry about the incident.
City staff had assured Hamilton councillors that “staff and its field management consultant (Stantec) also reviewed the revised procedures and are satisfied that the Contractor (Aecon Construction) and its Sub-contractor (Consbec Inc) are taking the necessary precautions to carry out the blasting in a safe manner."
The Waterkeeper Alliance and Environment Hamilton spurred an investigation of the incident when they submitted information to the Ministry in the summer of 2004. Waterkeeper’s weekly newsletter reported Monday that charges were finally laid early last month. The company is due to appear in court in Hamilton on February 7.
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