Three area companies come under scrutiny of Alberta Environment

Alberta Environment is pursuing unrelated charges against three Central Alberta companies.

Alberta Environment is pursuing unrelated charges against three Central Alberta companies.

Permolex Ltd., located in Red Deer’s Edgar Industrial Park, faces fines of up to $500,000 for improper disposal of waste, if convicted.

Permolex, a grain processor, is alleged to have improperly disposed of industrial waste water during July 2007. The company is to make its first appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Aug. 25, Carrie Sancartier, a public affairs officer with Alberta Environment, said on Friday.

Quatro Tech Industrial Services Ltd., also located in Red Deer’s Edgar Industrial Park, is also charged with improper disposal of waste.

Charged in April, Quatro Tech and Ross Stuve have made one appearance in Red Deer provincial court and are scheduled to appear again on Oct. 9.

The company and individual are charged with improper disposal of waste in relation to an incident on July 5, 2008.

Sancartier was not able to state what type of waste is mentioned in the charges against either company.

Quartz Land & Developments Ltd. of Stettler could face fines of up to $1.5 million for continuing an activity without the proper authorization.

Quartz Land, along with Mark McNaughton and Donald Peters, face two separate counts, with the first having a maximum fine of $500,000 and the second a maximum of $1 million, Sancartier said.

She was unable to provide specific details on either of the charges, stating only that both counts involve water bodies.

Quartz Land, McNaughton and Peters are to make their next court appearance in Stettler provincial court on Thursday.

Quartz Land is involved in development of residential property near the Pheasantback golf course, north of Stettler. Sancartier would not confirm whether the charges were laid in relation to the development.

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