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Mining Company fined $105,000 for Failing to Report a Spill

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Mining Company fined $105,000 for Failing to Report a Spill

Convicted - Glencore Canada Corporation

Court Location - Sudbury

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to immediately report a spill of a contaminant (sulphuric acid) into the natural environment. 

Date of Offence - On or about May 9, 2018

Date of Conviction - September 13, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Glencore Canada Corporation was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $105,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $26,250 and was given 5 months to pay.


  • Glencore Canada Corporation is a subsidiary of a multinational mining company based in Switzerland. The company operates an integrated nickel operation in Sudbury.
  • On May 9, 2018, company employees were working at the site's acid load-out area and were transferring 98% sulphuric acid from a rail car into a truck.
  • During the transfer, an accident occurred and approximately 25,000 pounds (roughly 12,000 litres) of sulphuric acid was spilled. Three workers were injured during the incident, one critically.
  • The spill was reported to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks approximately 11 hours after the occurrence. The company had failed to notify the ministry immediately, as required under the Environmental Protection Act. This failure to report ultimately resulted in the conviction against Glencore Canada.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid one charge resulting in the one conviction.

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