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Burlington Company Employee Fined $5,000 For Discharging Hazardous Waste Into Creek

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Burlington Company Employee Fined $5,000 For Discharging Hazardous Waste Into Creek

Burlington - A company employee was fined $5,000 for discharging a chemical into Sheldon Creek that likely impaired the quality of water in the creek, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.

Francisco J. Silva is an employee of a chemical company that was located in Burlington. The company manufactured and supplied chemicals for boiler, cooling, drinking water and wastewater treatment for industrial and municipal clients. One of the chemicals supplied was aluminum chloride hydroxide sulphate. Mr. Silva was in charge of the plant located in the back, including the loading dock area.

In response to being notified of the discoloration of Sheldon Creek, the ministry attended the site. The ministry confirmed the discoloration and using dye testing, traced it back through the creek and storm sewer system to a catch basin at the rear of the company.

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