Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
Discharge of a Contaminant in Ontario
Shell Canada Limited was ordered to pay C$825,000 (US$616,744) in fines and penalties for permitting a discharge of a contaminant, namely an odor containing mercaptan, at the Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre refinery in Corunna, Ontario. On January 11, 2013, Shell personnel discovered a flare knock-out line leak of liquid containing mercaptan. The leak caused a foul odor and flowed into the on-site ditch, which empties into the refinery’s storm sewer system that brings storm water and surface runoff to the refinery’s waste water treatment plant for processing. The mercaptan’s foul odor affected area residents, several of whom complained of sore eyes and throats, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
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