SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, Sept. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - On September 10, 2013, at the Saint-Hyacinthe courthouse, Snoc (2010) Inc., a company specializing in light fixture manufacturing in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the Solvent Degreasing Regulations, thus also violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999). The company was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund. The company must also publish an article in the business magazine Les Affaires and train company officials on the criminal consequences of failing to comply with CEPA, 1999.
The offence is the result of the company using or consenting to the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in quantities exceeding the quantity permitted in 2010. TCE is a toxic substance listed in Schedule 1 of the Solvent Degreasing Regulations and its use is regulated under CEPA, 1999.
The conviction follows an investigation launched in 2009 by officers from Environment Canada's Environmental Enforcement Division.
The Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment Canada, was created in 1995 to provide courts and businesses with a mechanism for paying fines and concluding environmental restoration investment agreements. The Fund follows the "polluter pays" principle to ensure that polluters take responsibility for their actions.
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