January 9, 2006

PSC Industrial Services fined $35K for violating C of A terms

BRANTFORD, ONT-Fines totalling $35,000 were imposed on PSC Industrial Services Canada after the company pleaded guilty to five charges, under section 186(3) of the Environmental Protection Act, of violating conditions of its certificates of approval (C of As). The charges related to complaints about odours from PSC's waste oil and water processing facility in Brantford. In February 2004, PSC received a complaint from an employee of the nearby Union Gas facility complaining of an odour the caller suspected was coming from PSC. PSC failed to record this complaint and did not submit a written report of the complaint to the Ministry of Environment (MOE); both measures are required under its C of As. In April 2004, PSC received another call from the same Union Gas employee again complaining of an odour believed to be coming from the PSC facility. The company did not submit a written report to the MOE on this occasion and also failed to notify the Ministry of the complaint within two business days, another of its C of A requirements. An MOE investigations led to charges being laid. PSC was fined $7,000 for each of the following five violations: two counts of failing to submit a written report to the MOE within one week of receiving a complaint from the public; one count of failing to report a complaint in a log book; one count of failing to ensure that all operators at the PSC facility have been trained on the terms, conditions and operating requirements of the facility's C of As;certificates of approval; and one count of failing to notify the MOE of a complaint within two business days of the complaint.

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