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Ottawa area Water Amusement Park fined $100,000 for Discharging a Contaminant

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Ottawa area Water Amusement Park fined $100,000 for Discharging a Contaminant

L'Original - Developpements Limoges Inc. operating as Calypso Water Park pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined $100,000 for discharging a contaminant into the natural environment and causing an adverse effect, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.

Developpements Limoges Inc. (DLI) is a Quebec incorporated company headquartered in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec. The company operates Calypso Water Park (Calypso), a 100-acre water amusement park in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, Ontario.

On August 7, 2012 during a routine check of the wave pool's chemistry it was determined that chlorine levels were low and that there was an air leak that had shut down the pumps. The workers responsible for fixing the air leak were notified.

DLI repair technicians shut down the wave pool's filtration system, repaired the air leak, and restarted the system. Shortly thereafter, a number of park guests in the wave pool began to experience ill effects such as shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, burning sensation and pain in the mouth, nose, eyes, throat and lungs, nausea and vomiting, lip discolouration and headaches.

As a result, approximately 20 people, mostly children, reported to the waterpark's first aid station and paramedics were called. Seven ambulance crews attended the scene, and oxygen was administered to some of the children. About 13 children were taken to hospital..

It was later determined that once the air leak was repaired, the system was restarted, which forced a bubble of chlorine gas down the pipe and into the wave pool (entering the water from the floor of the pool). Once the gas surfaced, people in close proximity almost immediately experienced the effects from the chlorine gas.

On August 8, 2012, a second similar incident occurred at Calypso, when a power outage caused the wave pool to briefly cease operation. When the system was later restarted, a bubble of chlorine gas was released into the wave pool, resulting in two children being transported to hospital.

On June 4, 2015, Developpements Limoges Inc. pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act. The company was fined a total of $100,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $25,000 and was given 60 days to pay the fine.

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