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A Kenora man has been fined a total of $14,000 for violations against the Aggregate Resources Act and the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.

Roland Roen was fined $10,000 for 13 counts of failure to pay annual fees and seven counts of failing to file annual production reports with the Ontario Aggregate Resources Corp. for his aggregate permits.

He also was fined $2,000 for harvesting Crown forest resources without a licence and $2,000 for operating an aggregate pit without a permit.

Court heard that Roen was hired by Ontario Hydro to repair a road near the Gundy Road in Kenora in the fall of 2008.

Material used for the road repair was removed from a nearby small pit on Crown land, for which Roen did not have a permit.

He also had forest resources removed from three of his aggregate pits without obtaining a forest resource licence.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case last Nov. 1-2 in Kenora, with a decision being handed down April 2.

In Ontario, the extraction of aggregate is regulated and licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Operators require licences and permits that regulate the amount of material that can be removed.

The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corp. uses information from annual production reports to calculate annual licence fees for aggregate operations.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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