Edmonton company fined $500,000 for environmental violation

December 13, 2016 - Edmonton, Alberta - Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canadians value clean air and a sustainable environment. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC’s) enforcement officers work tirelessly to protect our environment through the enforcement of our federal environmental laws.

On December 12, 2016, Acklands-Grainger Inc. pleaded guilty, in the Provincial Court of Alberta, for contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The company was fined $500,000, an amount which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF).

Acting on information uncovered by the Intelligence Division within ECCC’s Environmental Enforcement Directorate, enforcement officers conducted an investigation into Acklands-Grainger Inc.’s sale of aerosol products containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a prohibited ozone-depleting substance. The investigation determined that between, 2012 and 2014, the company sold HV Switchgear Lubricant and Sprayon EL2204, which contained the prohibited HCFC-225.

Quick facts

  • HCFCs are mainly used for foam blowing, refrigeration and air conditioning, solvent cleaning, and, to a lesser extent, aerosols and fire protection.
  • Ozone depletion is the term commonly used to describe the thinning of the earth’s ozone layer, which acts as a natural filter, absorbing most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • The EDF is administered by ECCC. Created in 1995, it provides a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to projects that will benefit our natural environment.
  • As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

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