Rio Tinto Fer et Titane Inc - conviction information for 2023-06-15

Corporation details
Corporation name: Rio Tinto Fer et Titane Inc
Address: 162, Marie-Victorin Blvd
City: Sorel-Tracy
Province/territory: Quebec
Postal code: J3R 1M6
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 331 - Primary metal manufacturing
Case details
Location of offense: 162, Marie-Victorin Blvd, Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
Case summary:
On or around June 3, 2020, a spill of caustic soda occurred during work at the Rio Tinto Fer et Titane inc. complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. A total of 1,314 liters of caustic soda spilled into the complex's sewer system, reaching the final effluent, which flowed into the St. Lawrence River. The same day, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane Inc. notified Environment and Climate Change Canada that the final effluent had a pH above 9.5, which is harmful to fish.
 
A second incident occurred on or around December 26, 2020. A ruptured waste acid pipe released 7,000 liters of hydrochloric acid into the complex's stormwater system, which empties into the St. Lawrence River.
 
Charges:
Section 40(2) of the Fisheries Act
Enforcement notification: Rio Tinto Fer et Titane Inc. ordered to pay $600,000 for violating the Fisheries Act
Conviction
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2023-06-15
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 40(2)
Sentencing
Date of sentencing: 2023-06-15
Location of sentencing: Longueuil
Sentence(s):
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $600,000
Sentencing details:
On June 15, 2023, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane inc. was ordered by the Court of Quebec to pay fines totalling $600,000, after pleading guilty to two counts of contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act. The fines will be paid in full to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.
 
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