Fastenal pleads guilty to HCFC ozone violations, fined $265,000
Kitchener industrial supplier sold products containing HCFCs over a 22-month period.
KITCHENER, Ont. — Industrial supplier Fastenal Canada Ltd. has been fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to selling products containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) – a regulated ozone-depleting substance.
The Kitchener, Ont. company was charged with two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 (pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999). Investigators found that from November 2012 to January 2015, Fastenal imported and sold aerosol products containing HCFCs.
Regulations prohibit the manufacture, import, use or sale of HCFCs unless they’re intended for export or use as a refrigerant.
HCFCs are used for foam blowing, refrigeration and air conditioning, solvent cleaning, aerosols and fire protection.
As a result of the conviction, Fastenal will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.
The fine will go to the Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.