March 8, 2004

Lubricant spill leads to $50,000 fine for Labatt

LONDON, ONT-Labatt Brewing recently pleaded guilty to a charge of violating Section 30(1) of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and was fined $50,000 plus a 25% victim surcharge. On August 16, 2002, Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff were notified of a potential problem in the Thames River in London. The MOE investigated and found that a quantity of Vektor 100, a lubricant, had spilled into a storm sewer emptying into the river while it was being unloaded from a delivery truck at the Labatt brewery earlier that day. Vektor 100 is a soap-like product which was being used as a lubricant on the brewery's production lines. MOE toxicity testing confirmed that the Vektor 100 lubricant did travel from the brewery site to the river. Under a joint submission agreement, Labatt pleaded guilty to a charge of causing or permitting the discharge of material and impairing water quality, and was fined $50,000 with 15 days to pay. The company no longer uses Vektor 100 as a lubricant.
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