January 26, 2004

Crompton convicted of obstructing MOE officer in performance of duties, fined $4,000

KITCHENER, ONT-Crompton (formerly Uniroyal Chemical) was found guilty of obstructing a provincial officer in the performance of duties and fined $4,000. A 25% victim fine surcharge was imposed as well. The company reported a spill of treated cooling water from its Elmira plant on September 21, 2002. A Ministry of Environment officer requested a report on the quantity and type of the spilled material, and on measures that could be taken to prevent a recurrence. The court was told that the company refused to give details about the spill unless a director's order was issued by the ministry. A provincial officer order was issued and the information was received more than one month after the spill. Crompton was eonvicted of violating section 184 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act by hindering or obstructing a provincial officer in the performance of duties.
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