Veolia convicted, fined for environmental offence

Journal Staff

A Sarnia company was fined $218,000 after being convicted last week of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act.

Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. pleaded guilty to altering equipment without an amendment to its certificate of approval at the facility on Scott Road.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change charged the company following a fatal explosion at the industrial cleaning and maintenance plant on Oct. 25, 2014.

Jason Miller, 37, was killed and five other severely injured after aluminum dust inside a dust collector exploded, sending fire through a duct back into the workplace and sparking a second explosion.

In January, an Ontario court found Veolia and division manager Anthony Lavoratore not guilty of criminal negligence, citing no evidence Veolia had acted recklessly or failed to meet industry standards.