$800,000 Vapour Discharge Fine

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following a technical failure at its Trail lead and zinc          charge that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect.
refinery.                                                         The company was fined $800,000 plus a 25 per cent victim
                                                                  surcharge.
     The offence, in contravention of B.C.’s Environmental
Management Act, resulted in a total penalty of $115,000,
                                                                       The fine follows the discharge of a vapour plume
made up of a fine of $5,000, and a creative sentencing
                                                                  during functionality testing of the company’s Sarnia facility
provision of $110,000 that directs funds to White Sturgeon
compensation on the Columbia River. The penalty repre-            valves, resulting in some Sarnia residents experiencing tem-
sents the largest fine in B.C. history for a single count under   porary physical symptoms as a result of the odour,
the legislation.      
				
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Description: The fine follows the discharge of a vapour plume during functionality testing of the company's Sarnia facility valves, resulting in some Sarnia residents experiencing temporary physical symptoms as a result of the odour, including headaches, sore throats and nausea.
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