December 3, 2007

Diesel spill from unapproved storage tank leads to $50K fine

TORONTO, ONT-An east-end Toronto company, D Crupi & Sons, was fined $50,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to a charge under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The court was told that the company, which uses diesel-powered equipment at its recycling yard, had an unapproved diesel oil storage tank in the yard. Early on the morning of October 11, 2005, the company's employees discovered the hose and nozzle of the tank on the ground. Between 1,000 and 1,300 litres of diesel fuel had discharged from the tank onto the ground. Some of the fuel saturated the soil near the tank to a depth of about three feet, while another portion entered a catchbasin on the property and flowed into Knob Hill Creek, a tributary of the Southwest Highland River. After an investigation by the Ministry of Environment's investigations and enforcement branch, D Crupi & Sons was charged and subsequently found guilty of discharging or permitting the discharge of a material, namely oil, into a watercourse that may have impaired the quality of the water of any waters, contrary to section 30(1) of the OWRA. The company has been given one year to pay the penalty.

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