October 31, 2005

JC Inspections fined $7,500 for ammonia release

LLOYDMINSTER, ALTA-JC Inspections, a pressure tank inspection firm in Lloydminster was fined $7,500 after pleading guilty to a charge of releasing a controlled substance causing a significant adverse affect. The charge related to a release of anhydrous ammonia at the company's facility in an industrial park in the city's west end. In April 2003, a JC Inspections worker unintentionally released ammonia while failing to follow regulated release procedures. The release was stopped after a strong odour was noticed and neighboring businesses complained of health effects. Anhydrous ammonia can burn eyes, skin and lungs, and may be fatal at high concentrations and lengthy exposure.

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