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December 02, 2013

Feds Imposing New Environmental Enforcement Act Fines Against Dry Cleaners

Environment Canada wasted no time in using its new regulatory powers under the Environmental Enforcement Act.  Dry cleaners across Canada were shocked to learn that a dry cleaning business was fined $60,000 for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.  The dry cleaner was also required to publish an announcement about the offence and fine.

The harsh sentence imposed on a first-time offender is a wake-up call to all dry cleaners about the new regulatory environment.

Environmental enforcement provisions under the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act and the Environmental Enforcement Act include mandatory minimum fines and increased maximum fines.  Offences will attract minimum penalties of $25,000 per count for a small business.  The new legislation affects dry cleaners Canada wide.

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