Corner Brook dry cleaner fined $10,000

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador – August 10, 2017 – Environment and Climate Change Canada

On July 27, 2017, West Street Dry Cleaner Ltd. was fined $10,000 in the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador after pleading guilty to two counts of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers inspected the site in July 2015 and in May 2016. The inspection revealed that wastewater and residue generated by the dry-cleaning machine had not been transported to a waste-management facility. Under the regulations, owners and operators of dry-cleaning machines are required to transport wastewater and residue to a waste-management facility at least once every 12 months.

In addition to the monetary penalty, the court ordered that West Street Dry Cleaner Ltd. must present documentation within 30 days indicating that all tetrachloroethylene, wastewater, and residue have been removed from the site and transported to a waste-management facility. The penalty will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

Quick facts

  • Tetrachloroethylene, commonly known as PERC, is used as a dry-cleaning solvent, and it is listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
  • Further information on the Environmental Damages Fund may be found at http://www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde.

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