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Clean Harbors Canada, Inc. Fined $100,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

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Clean Harbors Canada, Inc. Fined $100,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violation

Convicted - Clean HarborsCanada, Inc.

Court Location - Sarnia Court

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to permitting the discharge of a contaminant (smoke) into the natural environment that may cause an adverse effect. 

Date of Offence - During the period on or about June 12, 2017 and ending on or about June 12, 2017.

Date of Conviction - November 5, 2019

Penalty Imposed - On November 5, 2019, Clean HarborsCanada, Inc., was convicted on one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $100,000 plus a victim surcharge of $25,000 and was given 120 days to pay the fine. 

Background

  • Clean Harbors Canada, Inc., provides environmental, energy, industrial and waste management services across Canada. The company owns and operates a large waste disposal site in County of Lambton, located approximately 20 kilometres southeast of the City of Sarnia.
  • On June 12, 2017, company employees reported a small fire in a pile of waste that had been deposited in one of the landfill cells at the Lambton Facility.
  • Before the fire was extinguished, smoke was discharged to the air. The smoke carried across a residential property located approximately 300 metres northwest of the Lambton Facility.
  • The waste material that caught fire consisted of a large volume of filter cloth soaked with coolant, oils and fine metal particles. Notes made by company employees indicate that the material was to be kept wet. The company did not monitor the material adequately that day to ensure that it was kept wet.
  • The investigation resulted in a total of one charge being laid which resulted in one conviction.

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