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Guardian Industries Canada Corp. fined $50,000 for sulphur dioxide discharge

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Guardian Industries Canada Corp. fined $50,000 for sulphur dioxide discharge

WOODSTOCK -- Guardian Industries Canada Corp. has been fined $50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to a violation under the Environmental Protection Act.

The Court heard that Guardian Industries Canada Corp. operates a glass fabricating business in Tillsonburg. The company uses sulphur dioxide gas in the glass fabrication process. When a maintenance worker for Guardian Industries Canada Corp. replaced a sulphur dioxide cylinder, he failed to properly tighten the fitting on the replacement cylinder, resulting in the release of gas into the company's premises and into surrounding areas.  The company's employees, as well as three adjacent businesses and several nearby residences, were evacuated.

The company was charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment's Investigations and Enforcement Branch.

The company pleaded guilty on June 16, 2008 to one count of discharging a contaminant, namely sulphur dioxide, into the natural environment which caused an adverse effect, contrary to section 14(1) of the Environmental Protection Act.  The company was fined $50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge, and given 30 days to pay.

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