New Brunswick man fined $7,000 for contravening dry-cleaning regulations
Campbellton, New Brunswick – April 30, 2018 – Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadians value a safe and a clean environment. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers work hard every day to make sure people and companies are observing Canada’s federal environmental laws.
On April 26, 2018, Mr. Rhéal Raymond was fined $7,000, in Campbellton Provincial Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers conducted an on-site inspection and identified violations of the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations. The inspection revealed that wastewater and residue generated by the dry-cleaning machine had not been transported to a waste-management facility within the 12-month period required by the regulations.
In addition to the monetary penalty, the court ordered Mr. Raymond to publish an article for Fabricare Canada magazine, with the content subject to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s approval.
The $7,000 fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
- Tetrachloroethylene, commonly known as PERC, is used as a dry-cleaning solvent and listed as a toxic substance, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
- PERC released into the air can damage plants. Improper handling of PERC and PERC-containing waste can also contaminate groundwater.
- The Environmental Offenders Registry contains information on convictions of corporations registered for offences committed under certain federal environmental laws.
- The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The fund was created in 1995 to provide a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that benefit our environment.
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