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Oakville, Ontario, October 17, 2002 – Bennett Environmental Inc., a North American
leader in the high temperature treatment of contaminated soils, currently applying to
locate a thermal oxidizer in Kirkland Lake to treat contaminated soils, has launched a
multi-million dollar libel action against a Brampton company that produced a report
dealing with the proposed facility.
Named in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suit are BEAK Management Consulting,
BEAK International Incorporated and Mr. Peter Nicoll, Vice President, Health, Safety
and Environment Strategy of BEAK, also author of the said report.
In the suit, filed October 17, 2002, BENNETT claims that Nicoll, at a press conference in
Toronto on August 8, 2002 used “false, malicious and libellous” words to describe
BENNETT Environmental and its proposed incinerator project.
In the initial statement of claim BENNETT has filed for libel, malicious falsehood,
aggravated damages and punitive damages. This does not include “special damages”
which will be specified before trial. The Company also notes that it has “suffered
damage to its reputation and stock value,” as a result of the BEAK report. The
Company is also seeking costs.
Danny Ponn, Chief Operating Officer at BENNETT’s head office in Oakville, said the
Company has been trying to get a copy of the body of the report from BEAK for review.
“We do not believe that Beak’s conclusions were scientifically justified and should be
withdrawn. We were left with no alternative but to pursue this matter in the courts,” said
Ponn. “BEAK was claiming to have conducted a “semi quantitative screening
assessment” of our proposal, but we know they could not have the information to come
to the strong conclusions that they arrived at. They released two pages of a 34-page
document and refused to make public the balance of their report so we could respond to
what they were talking about.”
Company founder and CEO John Bennett said he regretted having to take the matter to
court but “there comes a time when you have to defend your reputation. Our Company
has an excellent track record in cleaning up the environment,” said the CEO. “We are
confident that our technology does not pollute and we have decided that we will defend
our reputation and our credibility as vigorously as we can. We will not allow ourselves
to be smeared”.
Ponn noted that “people have the right to protest and to voice their opinion against any
project they may not want in their area, but that does not mean you can say anything
you want without having to justify it. It is also a totally different matter when a company
with scientific expertise generates a report that is not scientifically justified.
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Oakville, Ontario, November 8, 2002 – The government review team has completed
their review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Director of Environmental
Assessment and Approvals has advised BENNETT that, as provided in Section 7 (4) of
the Environmental Assessment Act, the review has identified areas requiring
clarifications and corrections. The Act under Section 7 (5) only provides a period of
seven days for the proponent to address issues identified. Alternatively, the Act
provides an opportunity for the proponent to resubmit the EA.
From the outset BENNETT has been committed to full and comprehensive consultation
and volunteered to undertake the EA process. We believe that, in the best interest of all
stakeholders, it is prudent to take sufficient time to review all of the comments and
provide the information and necessary amendments. Therefore BENNETT has decided
to withdraw and resubmit the EA. Final approval for this project is now expected by Q2
“The government review team has identified items as simple as typographical errors
and as complex as questions related to the air dispersion modeling. While all of these
issues can be readily explained, we cannot adequately address these issues within the
seven-day statutory time limit. Our EA submission is a very comprehensive document
containing over 2,500 pages of charts, facts and data; it is in everybody’s interest that
we take the time to adequately address and validate each identified item” said Danny
Ponn, BENNETT’s VP & COO.
The revised EA documents will address all concerns raised by the government review
team and stakeholders. More importantly, this will provide all stakeholders the
opportunity to comment on the set of revised documents.
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The procedure of getting rid of the treacherous and the merciless bed bugs is not a very easy thing to do. The entire process is quite complicated and lengthy. However, there are different options available for you when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs. It is entirely right that it might be a challenging affair to get rid of bed bugs but it is not something impossible. The most common procedure is using sprays specifically designed for killing bed bugs. The spray needs to be used in all the corners of the house and the bedroom so that the bed bugs are properly affected. This is how to kill bed bugs with spray after they bite you. But prior to using a spray for killing bed bugs, it is important for you to be sure about your bed being infested by bugs. Look for dark fecal marks in the mattresses and you can be sure of your bed being plagued by bugs. Some of the best ways of getting rid of bed bugs apart from using a spray are as follows:
- Cleaning: Sufficient to say, we should always try and keep our homes clean. If we keep our homes neat and tidy, there would be lower risks of infestation. Things like bed covers, mattress covers, comforters and pillow covers should be checked regularly for the presence of mites and bugs. Such items should be regularly removed and thoroughly washed at high temperature settings for killing the bugs and the mites if they exist. In case you happen to send all your bed items to the dry cleaner, try warning the cleaner to wash the items separately. This will not run you the risk of being infested by the bed bugs coming from other homes.
- Vacuuming: It is important for you to ensure vacuuming all the crevices of the home on a regular basis including the ones around the bed. It not only helps in getting rid of bed bugs but it also makes way for prevention before using the other treatments. However, while vacuuming the house and the bed, remember using a high quality scraper for scarping along the carpets, the beds and the other common areas where bed bugs can thrive. This helps in dislodging bed bug eggs from their breeding grounds and then vacuuming them off. Empty the vacuuming contents into a completely sealed bad and throw it away.
- Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol contains around 70% pure and concentrated ethanol. Ethanol is flammable liquid and therefore you need to use it cautiously. Get some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and apply it in places or spots where the bed bugs commonly hide. Scraper treatment works fine even for this procedure as it dislodges the eggs and kills the critters including the eggs.
Organic pesticides and insecticides can also be used for getting rid of bed bugs. However, if the infestation goes out of control then the best way out is using the services of professional exterminators.