April 19, 2004

Nova, SCU Nitrogen, Cabot issued orders following MOE SWAT sweep

SARNIA, ONT-Nova Chemicals (Canada), SCU Nitrogen and Cabot Canada have been issued provincial officer orders directing the companies to take various steps to comply with Ontario's environmental laws. The orders were issued April 8 following an inspection sweep of the Sarnia area by the Ontario Ministry of Environment's (MOE) environmental SWAT Team. The directives detail actions the three petrochemical companies must take in order to come into compliance, such as creating spill contingency plans, amending or obtaining certificates of approval for air emissions, and registering wastes generated. All three firms have been referred to the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch, which will determine whether charges are warranted. "Our environmental officers will follow up with these companies to ensure they comply with Ontario's environmental laws within the deadlines provided in the orders," said Bill Cockburn, assistant director of the environmental SWAT Team. "In the meantime, we continue to conduct our inspection sweep." The team will also provide information to the recently announced Industrial Pollution Action Team.
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