June 13-20, 2005

Madison Imports agrees to environmental protection alternatives in response to ODS charges

MONTREAL, QUE-Madison Imports and company president Cha'm (Charles) Freund have signed an agreement with Environment Canada to use environmental protection alternative measures to respond to charges of having contravened to paragraphs 272(1) a) and b), subsection 296(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). The charges were laid following an investigation by Environment Canada's enforcement branch, which found that between April and September 2002, the two parties illegally imported and sold a product called "Party Crazy String," consisting of streamers in aerosol containers containing a propellant composed mainly of CFC-11 and CFC-12. The sale and importation of these products contravenes the ozone-depleting substances regulations, 1998, under CEPA. Under the alternative measures agreement, Madison Imports and Freund must implement an operational procedure and management policy specific to the company with respect to the prohibition of the manufacture, importation and sale of products containing CFCs. Other terms include the writing and publication of an article in an information bulletin of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association, and payment of $15,000 to be deposited into the Environmental Damages Fund for damages caused to the environment. These conditions must be met within 18 months, or the case will automatically be brought before the courts. Under CEPA, the defendants could face a fine up to $300,000 and up to six months in jail.

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