Edmonton dry cleaner pleads guilty, is fined for using toxic chemical

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The manager of Page the Cleaner in Edmonton was fined $20,000 for using the toxic chemical Tetrachloroethylene.

Inspections were done at the business in 2014 and 2015. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) officers found Tetrachloroethylene waste water and residue in uncovered containers, breaking Canadian Environmental Protection Act rules.

On Sept. 20, 2016, Hannes Rudolph pleaded guilty to one count of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene Regulations.

His $20,000 fine will go to the Environmental Damages Fund.

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Provincial Court also ordered Rudolph design and implement a training program for staff at his dry-cleaning business. He was also ordered to develop a standard operating procedure for the safe operation and safe handling of Tetrachloroethylene.

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The Canadian Environmental Protection Act describes Tetrachloroethylene as a chemical used in Canadian dry cleaning that was added to the list of toxic substances in March 2000.  Toxic substances are those that may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or those that might constitute a danger to human life or health.

The chemical enters the environment through the atmosphere and can damage plants and make its way into ground water.

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