Arctic Glacier Canada Inc. - conviction information for 2018-11-05

Corporation details
Corporation name: Arctic Glacier Canada Inc.
Address: 9679 186th Street
City: Surrey
Province/territory: British Columbia
Postal code: V4N 3N8
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 311 - Food manufacturing
Case details
Location of offense: 9679 186th Street, Surrey, British Columbia
Case summary: On April 30, 2014, Environment and Climate Change Canada received a Dangerous Goods Incident Report regarding dead fish in Unnamed Creek, located in a habitat compensation area for the Golden Ears Bridge in the municipality of the City of Surrey.

It was found that repair work on an Anhydrous Ammonia refrigeration system was being carried out at Arctic Glacier, an ice making company, directly upstream of the reported Fish Kill. The fish kill included multi-species involving salmonids, suckers, salamanders, frogs and others.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Enforcement Officers obtained samples of the substance discharging off of Arctic Glacier property and into the storm water main that lead to above mentioned Unnamed Creek.

Samples were found to be deleterious.

On May 1, 2014, Enforcement Officers issued a verbal direction to the company to prevent the deposit of a deleterious substance to fish bearing waters.

On April 27, 2017 charges were laid against Arctic Glacier Canada Ltd. for five counts including FA 36(3), 38(5), and EMA S.6(2) and S.6(3).
Enforcement notification: Ice-making company fined $350,000 for Fisheries Act violation
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2018-11-05
Court level: Provincial and Territorial Court
Nature of offense(s):
  • Allowed the deposit of a deleterious substance
Additional details about the nature of the offense:
Legislative details
Act Regulations Section(s)
Pollution Prevention provisions (subsection 36(3)) of the Fisheries Act S.36(3)
Date of sentencing: 2018-11-05
Location of sentencing: Surrey, British Columbia
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $350,000
Sentencing details:
"The 5, November, 2018, before the Provincial Court of Surrey, British Columbia, the corporation Arctic Glacier Canada Inc. has pleaded guilty of allowing the deposit of a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish; and was ordered to pay a monetary penalty of $350,000 to be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

In addition, the corporation received an additional four orders:

To commission an independent environmental audit at its Surrey facility where the deposit occurred, including a review of their sanitary and sewage system and their handling and disposal of ammonia.

To implement a site-specific procedure for the storage and disposal of aqueous ammonia at its Surrey facility.

To train or commission the training of its employees at its Surrey facility on the properties, safe levels of exposure, and handling and disposal of ammonia in a manner that is safe to both human health and the environment.

To review their ammonia-based refrigeration system and associated exhaust systems to determine if the systems comply with applicable regulations and update any systems that do not comply.

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