Plastimet principals sentenced

A legal chapter has been concluded in the saga which began in July 1997 when a catastrophic four-day fire took place at the Plastimet warehouse in Hamilton, Ontario. Plastimet’s owner, Jack Lieberman, and the site owner, Jack Levy, had appealed a provincial environment ministry order to pay $1.2-million in cleanup costs. However, they were recently convicted on one count each under Section 14 of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act, which relates to releasing a contaminant that harms the environment. The court imposed a restitution order of $170,000 and a two-year probation order requiring Levy and Lieberman each to make two annual payments of $25,000 for a total of $100,000 and carry out community service.