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Sunrise Propane, its Directors and 1367229 fined $5,300,000 following Propane Explosion

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Sunrise Propane, its Directors and 1367229 fined $5,300,000 following Propane Explosion

Toronto - Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., its directors and 1367229 Ontario Inc. were fined 5.3 million dollars for discharging contaminants that caused adverse effects to Toronto residents and businesses, failing to comply with a ministry clean up order and violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act following a propane explosion in August, 2008.

Shay (Sean) Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov are Directors of Sunrise Propane, which owned a propane filling plant in Toronto, and 1367229 Ontario Inc., which held a Technical Standards and Safety Authority licence to operate the plant.  Several explosions occurred at the plant, discharging contaminants from fuel tanks resulting in an evacuation of residents and businesses.  Area residents suffered injuries and burns from the explosions and local industry and shops lost business as they were forced to close.  A young worker at the plant was killed by the explosions.

Following the explosion, an order was issued requiring Sunrise Propane to clean up the impacted area.  The company failed to fully comply with this clean up order.

Sunrise Propane was fined a total of $2,820,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $705,000 for four counts of failing to comply with a ministry order and for discharging a contaminant that caused adverse effects.  Company directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were fined $100,000 each plus a victim fine surcharge of $25,000 each for not complying with a ministry order.  1367229 Ontario Inc. was fined $2,000,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500,000 for discharging a contaminant that caused adverse effects.

Sunrise Propane was also fined $280,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $70,000 for two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including failing to provide instruction and supervision on safe work practices and to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers.

The companies were give two years and the individuals three years to pay the fines.

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