March 21, 2005

Day and Ross fined for failing to report contaminant release

MONCTON, NB-Day and Ross was convicted last week of failing to report a contaminant release to the provincial Department of Environment and Local Government, and fined $7,500. The charge was laid in connection with a leak from a large aboveground diesel storage tank at the trucking company's Mapleton Road terminal in Moncton. On April 21, 2001, a company employee discovered the leak; it was not reported to the department, however, until May 2, 2001, and then only by a repairman working for Irving Oil. It was later determined that leaking fuel entered a ditch along Mapleton Road which eventually empties into a tributary of a local creek. Subsequent remedial work done by Day and Ross required the removal of large volumes of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil and groundwater for disposal or treatment, at an estimated cost of $300,000. In June 2002, the department charged the company under the Clean Environment Act water quality regulation.

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