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ArcelorMittal Canada Inc. fined $130,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violation

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ArcelorMittal Canada Inc. fined $130,000 for Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violation

Convicted - ArcelorMittal Canada Inc.

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to discharging contaminants from a blast furnace causing an adverse effect.

Date of Offence - on or about February 9, 2015

Date of Conviction - January 22, 2018

Penalty Imposed - the court imposed a fine of $130,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $32,500 with 60 days to pay.

Background - 

  • ArcelorMittal operates an integrated steel mill located on Burlington St. E. in Hamilton (the site) and Blast Furnace Number #4 is part of the operation at the site.
  • On February 9, 2015, there was a build-up of pressure within Blast Furnace #4.As a result of the build-up, bleeder valves on the furnace opened to relieve pressure, discharging coke and iron particulate, rust materials and blast furnace gas.
  • The discharge from Blast Furnace #4 was visible as a black cloud that drifted southward from the site and over neighbouring residences causing a fallout of black particulate on a number of properties.
  • As a result of the fallout, one resident prohibited her children from playing outside as a precaution until she could be assured that there would be no health consequences.
  • In addition, some residents had to clean the siding on their houses and/or their cars to remove the fallout.
  • The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges being laid and the conviction.

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