Red Rock Mill, Ontario, and owner Robert Van Patten fined C$60,000 for offenses under Environmental Protection Act, province withdraws five of nine charges

LOS ANGELES , August 22, 2011 () – Red Rock Mill Inc. and its president Robert Van Patten have been fined a total of C$60,000 by Ontario's environment ministry, according to a report by Tbnewswatch.

Van Patten of North Amercian Logistics founded the company in 2007, and purchased Norampac's former linerboard mill in Red Rock and the Multiply brand name. He planned to restart the operation as a plywood mill which would produce flooring underlay under the Multiply name.

Ontario's environment ministry brought nine charges against the company under the Environmental Protection Act last October after conducting an investigation of the site, and the case was heard last week.

The ministry withdrew five of the nine charges, but the company and Van Patten pleaded guilty to the other four. Those offenses include failing to submit a report regarding waste stored on-site; failure to apply for approval of a sewage treatment system and failure to provide proof of a continuous electricity supply.

Van Patten was fined $10,000 and the company just over $50,000. The fines are to be paid within 12 months.

The primary source of this article is Tbnewswatch, Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Aug. 19, 2011.

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