Waste disposal company with Sault ties dinged for improper PERC disposal

GFL Environmental was fined $300,000 in an Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa after pleading guilty to violating federal environmental law.

The Toronto-headquartered waste disposal company pleaded guilty on Dec.10 to two counts of contravening regulations for selling tetrachloroethylene to owners or operators of dry-cleaning facilities that did not meet regulatory standards.

If PERC is released into the air, it can damage plants. Improper handling of this substance can contaminate ground water.

Companies and individuals are prohibited from selling tetrachloroethylene to dry cleaners unless the dry-cleaning facility is compliant with the equipment specifications set out in the federal regulations.

 

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