Alta. trucking company ordered to pay for illegal burning

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Illegally burning demolition waste has landed a central Alberta trucking company in hot water with the province.

M. Pidherney’s Trucking was fined $80,500 under the province’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for burning prohibited debris without approval in a gravel pit near Rocky Mountain House. The debris included metals, carpet, wiring and plastics from the demolition of a Red Deer hotel, the province announced.

It is reminding companies that the open burning of prohibited materials can release pollutants, create bad smells and cause visible smoke, resulting in complaints from local residents.

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