Commitments and Contingencies
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Jun. 30, 2017
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NOTE 11 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Landfill Host Agreements
The Company has host agreements with the City of Petersburg (the “City”) and the County of Lunenburg (the “County”), collectively (the “Municipalities”) related to the operation of its landfills.
Key aspects of the agreements include the following:
In addition, the Company is required to maintain a Performance Bond as approved by Lunenburg County which would be used to pay for mitigation and remediation as may be necessary as a result of the operation of the Lunenburg landfill. As an alternative to the Performance Bond, the County has permitted the Company to establish a cash Mitigation Fund. The Company is required to deposit $50,000 per year into the Mitigation Fund until the fund reaches $1,500,000.
We are subject to liability for environmental damage that our solid waste facilities may cause, including damage to neighboring landowners or residents, particularly as a result of the contamination of soil, groundwater or surface water, including damage resulting from conditions existing prior to the acquisition of such facilities. Pollutants or hazardous substances whose transportation, treatment or disposal was arranged by us or our predecessors, may also subject us to liability for any off-site environmental contamination caused by these pollutants or hazardous substances.
Any substantial liability for environmental damage incurred by us could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. As of the date of these condensed consolidated financial statements, we estimate the range of reasonably possible losses related to environmental matters to be insignificant and are not aware of any such environmental liabilities that would be material to our operations or financial condition.
General Legal Proceedings
The Company evaluates potential loss contingencies in accordance with ASC 450 – Contingencies (“ASC 450”). ASC 450 requires the Company to evaluate the likeliness of material loss to determine whether any specific accounting or disclosure is required. If the likelihood of loss is deemed probable and the cost is estimable, the Company accrues the estimated loss in its financial statements and discloses the nature of the matter. If the probable loss cannot be estimated, the Company discloses the nature of the matter noting the likelihood of loss. If the likelihood of loss is deemed reasonably possible, the Company will disclose such matter including an estimate of loss if the loss is estimable. If the loss is not estimable, such fact will be disclosed. If the likelihood of loss is considered remote, no accrual or disclosure is made.
In the normal course of our business and as a result of the extensive governmental regulation of the solid waste industry, we may periodically become subject to various judicial and administrative proceedings involving federal, state or local agencies. In these proceedings, an agency may seek to impose fines on us or revoke or deny renewal of an operating permit or license that is required for our operations. From time to time, we may also be subject to actions brought by adjacent landowners or residents in connection with the permitting and licensing of transfer stations and landfills or allegations related to environmental damage or violations of the permits and licenses pursuant to which we operate. In addition, we may become party to various claims and suits for alleged damages to persons and property, alleged violations of certain laws and alleged liabilities arising out of matters occurring during the normal operation of a waste management business. No provision has been made in the condensed consolidated financial statements for such matters. We do not currently believe that the possible losses in respect of outstanding litigation matters would have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef