The Department of National Defence pleaded guilty on June 22, 2020 to one charge of contravening the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations in Cold Lake, Alberta.
The Department was sentenced in the Provincial Court of Alberta in St. Paul and fined $175,000 for committing an offence under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, where it will be used to advance environmental and conservation projects often in the same community in which the offence was committed.
In addition to the fine, the Court ordered the Department to complete a third-party environmental audit of the Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake and the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, including a review of the environmental-management systems to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.
An investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers revealed that the Department operated a storage tank system for which an identification number had not been issued. To ensure compliance and reduce the risk of releases of petroleum products into the environment, the regulations require the owner or operator to identify their storage tank system and obtain an identification number for their system from the Minister of the Environment.
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