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Sainsbury’s Recycling — Thumbs-Up for                            Act for failure to install pollution control equipment and for
Food                                                             failure to provide information to the Alberta Department of
                                                                 the Environment with respect to the company’s Firebag
    Sainsbury’s Supermarkets is the United Kingdom’s             facility near Fort McMurray. The violation, which Suncor
longest standing major food retailing chain, and includes        reported in July 2006, resulted in hydrogen sulphide and
509 supermarkets and 276 convenience stores. In late Jan-        other compounds being released into the atmosphere.
uary 2009, the company announced a plan to convert all
supermarket food waste to bio-fuel, beginning with its               The penalty includes funding for two creative sen-
28 outlets in Scotland. The company has contracted with          tencing projects:
the PDM Group to convert its food waste into electricity
through either rendering (separating fats from organic               1. a Regulatory Compliance Project at the University of
material) or anaerobic digestion. Food waste from the Scot-             Calgary will receive $315,000 to examine the orga-
land stores is to be entirely ‘‘recycled’’ by the end of Feb-           nizational failures that resulted in the Suncor
ruary 2009.                                                             offences and to produce tools for better regulatory
                                                                        compliance by corporations in the oil and gas
     Sainsbury’s plans to divert all of its supermarkets’ food          industry; and
wastes from landfills by summer 2009 (convenience stores
are not included in the plan). For the Scotland stores alone,        2. Keyano College in Fort McMurray will receive
this represents 42 metric tons of waste. Alison Austin, Sain-           $75,000 to establish a scholarship to support edu-
sbury’s Environment Manager, noted in a recent press                    cation for local young people in Environmental and
release, ‘‘Each [metric ton] of food waste diverted from                Conservation science.
landfill by Sainsbury’s will generate enough power for
500 homes and will save 3 [metric tons] of carbon dioxide             Also on April 2, 2009, Suncor, together with Compass
[emissions] . . . compared to fossil fuels’’. Sainsbury’s        Group Canada Ltd. were hit with a 
				
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Description: Alberta's Provincial Court has penalized Suncor Energy Inc on Apr 2, 2009 with fines of $675,000 under section 227 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for failure to install pollution control equipment and for failure to provide information to the Alberta Department of the Environment with respect to the company's Firebag facility near Fort McMurray. While both Suncor and Compass Group were unaware of the falsification, an investigation identified a number of violations under section 227 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act of monthly limits for total suspended solids and a failure to report these violations.
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