January 5, 2004

Canadian Tire fined $25K for violations of ODS regulations

BRAMPTON, ONT-Canadian Tire was recently found guilty on three counts of violating the Ozone-depleting Substances (ODS) regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Brampton court has ordered that the penalty of $25,000 imposed on the company be directed to the Canadian Dermatological Association for public education and awareness of skin cancer and related health concerns linked to the thinning of the ozone layer. The corporation was found to have illegally imported bar refrigerators containing dichlorodifluoromethane, a known ODS. In support of the Montreal Protocol, Canada prohibits the importation of products containing dichlorodifluoromethane. This is to reduce the stock of similar products already in use in Canada to contribute to overall reduction of and domestic dependence on substances harmful to the environment. Charges were laid by Environment Canada after an investigation by the environmental protection branch of the Ontario regional office. More information is available from Bradley May in the Ontario region office, 416/739-5901.
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