Walkerton – On October 29, Bruce Power Limited Partnership pleaded guilty in the Ontario Provincial Court of Justice to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA, 1999), resulting in penalties of $100,000.
Bruce Power was fined for failure to conduct a leak test of all the components of an air-conditioning system or refrigeration system, contrary to Federal Halocarbon Regulations.
The company failed to comply with requirements set out in these regulations, set in 2003, which requires that companies conduct an annual leak test on refrigeration systems that come into contact with halocarbons.
Bruce Power’s overall fine will be broken down as follows: $40,000 for one count under CEPA, to be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund; a court order for an additional $20,000 awarded directly to the Environmental Damages Fund; a court order to pay $20,000 to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation, $15,000 to sauGREEN for the Environment, and $5,000 to the Penetangore Watershed Group.
Administered by Environment Canada, the Environmental Damages Fund was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment.
CEPA was initially created to prevent pollution, and protect the environment and human health by preventing and managing risks posed by toxic and other harmful substances.