Beauregard Environnement, a dominant player in the sump and sewer cleaning industry, has been excoriated in a report by Montreal’s inspector general Brigitte Bishop for “fraudulent practices” — including dumping sludge on farmland instead of delivering it to a certified landfill in a bid to lower costs.
The sanitation company — known for winning contracts with modest cost estimates and promises of environmentally sound sludge disposal — was slapped down by Bishop, who ordered the termination of 12 of its contracts and recommended the termination of a 13th.
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The contracts are worth an estimated $4.7 million.
According to the city’s charter, the inspector general can be called upon to intervene when it is alleged that terms rendered during the tender process are not respected, information supplied during the execution of the contract is false and if the breaches observed appear to be serious enough to justify the contract termination.