Velocity Inc. and its President Fined $37,200 for Violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

MONTRÉAL, Que. – November 7, 2012 – On October 29, 2012, Velocity Inc., in Valleyfield, Quebec, and Stéphane Poirier, the President of the company, were fined $37,200 after pleading guilty to illegally importing 600 cylinders of chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22, or R‑22).

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In February 2011, during a cargo inspection, enforcement officers of Environment Canada discovered 600 cylinders containing R-22 in a cargo arriving from China. R-22, a refrigerant, is a controlled substance under the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 (ODSR, 1998), which regulates the importation, manufacture, use, sale and exportation of ozone-depleting substances. Illegal importation of this and similar substances is an offense under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999).

The company itself was fined $30,000, while Stéphane Poirier was fined $7,200. The total of $37,200 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund, who, following the “polluter pays” principle, will invest the money in repairing the damage to the environment and wildlife habitat caused by those responsible.

Source: Environment Canada