Canadian Tire Corporation Charged With Environmental Offences for Importation of Products Containing an Ozone Depleting Substance
Brampton, Ontario -- May 6, 2002 - Canadian Tire Corporation made an appearance on Friday May 3rd in the Ontario Court of Justice, Brampton to respond to a total of eleven charges under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
It is alleged that the company illegally imported two products containing substances which are controlled under the "Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998". One product, rear view mirror attachment kits, contained the chemical 1,1, 1-trichloroethane. The second product, bar refrigerators, contained dichlorodifluoromethane.
Restricting the import of products which contain ozone depleting substances is necessary to reduce the stock of products in use in Canada and contribute to reducing overall domestic dependence on substances harmful to the environment.
The matter was put over until Friday June 7, 2002 in Brampton.
Contravention of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act can result in a fine up to a maximum of $300,000 for a first offence.
The charges were laid by Environment Canada after an investigation by the Ontario Regional Office of Environment Canada’s Environmental Protection Branch.