Montréal, Quebec (9/28/2018) – On September 21, 2018, company 9330-1208 Québec Inc. (operating as Les Produits Prodip.CA) was fined $25,000 after pleading guilty, in the Montréal Courthouse, to one count of contravening the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. In addition to the fine, the company was ordered to pay $5,145 to cover the cost of destroying the non-compliant paint. The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.
In 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers conducted an investigation, which revealed that the company sold automotive refinishing products containing volatile organic compounds in excess of the allowable limit under the Act.
Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, which are the main ingredients of smog. Smog is known to have adverse effects on human health and the environment. Studies indicate that air pollution, including smog, is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer and heart disease.
As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.
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