April 26, 2004

Chemical company fined $20K for exceeding C of A limits, failing to monitor effluent

ST CATHARINES, ONT-Repeated exceedances of certificate of approval (C of A) limits, along with failing to conduct required monitoring and sampling, cost Jungbunzlauer Canada $20,000 in fines, plus a 25% victim fine surcharge. The Port Colborne manufacturer of citric acid pleaded guilty to five counts of non-compliance with the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The company's C of A authorizes the facility to discharge process waste water and non-contact cooling water from its manufacturing operation into the Welland Canal, subject to specified effluent criteria and requirements for monthly monitoring and sampling of receiving waters in the canal. A Ministry of Environment investigation found that on four occasions in July 2002, Jungbunzlauer exceeded its maximum limit for suspended solids and in February 2003, the company failed to carry out the required monthly monitoring and sampling. This constituted a total of five violations of the firm's C of A, which in turn breached Section 107(3) of the OWRA. Jungbunzlauer pleaded guilty to the five charges and was fined $4,000 for each, of these infractions, with 30 days to pay.
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