Province sues to recoup $1.7 M

Files document for costs of Englee plant’s demolition

Published on July 24, 2013
The fish plant in Englee is shown in its collapsed state before it was demolished by the province at a cost of $1.7 million. — TC Media file photo

The provincial government is taking legal action against the company it believes should be on the hook for almost $1.7 million in remediation and demolition work completed by the province to deal with the site of a long-dormant fish plant.

Last November, the province completed demolition work at the site of the former fish plant in Englee on the Northern Peninsula. The plant was shut down by Sea Treat Ltd. in 2004. The company, a subsidiary of Daley Bros., declared bankruptcy three years later.

The derelict plant became a nuisance for the community, with pieces of it crumbling into the sea.

The province conducted an environmental assessment in February 2012 and later gave the plant owner 90 days to clean up the site, serving the company a ministerial order on March 26, 2012.

A second ministerial order was served to Sea Treat Ltd. on July 27, 2012.

Failing to receive a response, the province announced last August it would tear down the building and send the bill to Sea Treat Ltd. That process also involved remediation work for the land. The province contracted AMEC to complete remediation and demolition work.

In a certificate filed July 10, 2013, against Sea Treat Ltd., the province demands that the company pay $1,691,588.46 to cover the cost of remediation and demolition. That figure includes salary and travel costs associated with inspection and demolition work, HST included.

According to the certificate document filed with supreme court by the Department of Environment and Conservation, the “certificate, if registered, would have the same effect as a judgement of the Trial Division.”

In a statement emailed to The Telegram, a spokeswoman for the department said, “The certificate was filed by government to facilitate recovery of the amount expended by (the province) on remediation.”

The Telegram attempted to contact Daley Bros., but no one with the company could be reached for comment.