Golden Hills dumped, moved waste without permits: environmental officer

Golden Hill Ventures has been charged with removing, storing and relocating contaminated materials without a permit.

Golden Hill Ventures has been charged with removing, storing and relocating contaminated materials without a permit.

The major construction and mining firm has been slapped with seven charges, and its chief executive officer, Jon Rudolph, has seven identical charges against him.

The breaches happened at four different sites across the Yukon, from May 2007 to June 2008.

Rudolph and Golden Hill are charged with removing unnamed contaminated materials from the Nines Creek Land Treatment Facility in May 2007 and failing to prove berms at the same site were safe.

In May 2007, Rudolph and Golden Hill dumped waste without permission at or near Williscroft Creek, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

They’re also facing two charges of dumping “special waste” without permits at the same site. They did it in May 2007, and again a year later, an environmental officer from the Yukon’s Environment Department alleges.

Contaminated materials were relocated from the Silver City Service Area to the Nines Creek facility in summer 2007 without a permit, and between Donjek River Service Area and Nines Creek in October 2007.

If convicted, the charges carry a fine not exceeding $300,000 or jail time no longer than six months on a first conviction.

A lawyer for Rudolph and Golden Hill Ventures appeared in court Tuesday to hear the charges. The court proceedings are scheduled to continue on July 7. (James Munson)