May 7, 2007

Pool chemical suppliers fined $25K for sodium hypochlorite spill

LONDON, ONT-Two London area companies, Dutch Products and Construction Distribution and Supply, were each fined $25,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to discharging a chemical into Mud Creek, which discharges directly into the Thames River. The two firms supply and sell products for the pool and spa industry. On August 12, 2004, the driver for a contract carrier hired by Dutch Products to deliver sodium hypochlorite noted that liquid was discharging from an air vent during the delivery. Approximately 1,000 litres of sodium hypochlorite was spilled into Mud Creek. The Ministry of Environment determined that the spill resulted in contamination and impairment to Mud Creek and, following an investigation by its investigations and enforcement Branch, charged the companies in April 2006. They pleaded guilty to violating Section 30(1) of the Ontario Water Resources Act by discharging a material, namely sodium hypochlorite, into Mud Creek which flows directly into the Thames River, which may impair the quality of the water. The firms were given 180 days to pay the fines.

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