October 3, 2005

Kitchener firm fined $30K following tank overflow

KITCHENER, ONT-ThyssenKrupp Budd Canada was fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to a charge under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The company specializing carries out metal stamping and assembles light truck frames at its plant in Kitchener, Ontario. On March 6, 2005, an underground interceptor tank serving the facility's wastewater treatment plant overflowed into a stormwater catchbasin, eventually flowing into Schneider's Creek. After discovering the discharge, the company promptly notified the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and took action to contain and clean up the discharge. Further investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch confirmed that the spilled material contained waste oil from the plant. The company was consequently charged with discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of oil into a watercourse which may impair the quality of water, in vilation of section 30(1) of the OWRA. A victim fine surcharge was added to the fined levied.

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