Ready-Mix Concrete Company fined $50,000 for Failing to Notify Ministry of a Spill
Convicted - Lafarge Canada Inc.
Location - St. Catharines
Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to notify the ministry of a spill of a pollutant to the natural environment, namely slag particulate
Date of Offence - July 23, 2014
Date of Conviction - November 22, 2017
Penalty Imposed - Lafarge Canada Inc., was convicted of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), and was fined $50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $12,500 with 90 days to pay. A Section 190 Court Order was also issued by the court to Lafarge, which requires the company to install abatement technology on Silo #2 at its Niagara Falls facility, as a preventative measure.
- Lafarge Canada Inc. operates as a ready-mix concrete batching plant, located on Montrose Road in Niagara Falls.
- On July 23, 2014, the ministry received a report from a residential neighbour that his property and vehicle were covered in a fine white particulate.
- Ministry staff responded, observed the white particulate, and took photographs and samples of the material for testing an analysis.
- During the inspection, it was observed that the Lafarge site was adjacent to the impacted property.
- Ministry staff investigated with Lafarge and were informed that the company had received a load of slag cement earlier that day, and that when the load was being filled into the silo, the silo was overfilled resulting in a release of particles of cement slag.
- The ministry officer informed Lafarge that a neighboring property had been impacted; Lafarge agreed to contact the neighbour and clean the property.
- Samples from both Lafarge and the adjacent property contained glassy calcium silicate slag.
- The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and one conviction.