Roughly a week after firing its top three executives, Royal Group Technologies Ltd. faces more trouble, this time related to a 2003 spill of vinyl chloride monomer into a community's drinking water supply.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has fined subsidiary Royal Polymers Ltd. C$12.5 million (US$10.4 million) for environmental violations related to an August 2003 spill of VCM into the St. Clair River.
Royal Polymers operates a PVC plant in Sarnia, Ontario. During the massive blackout that blanketed parts of Canada and the United States on Aug. 14, 2003, cooling water and treated process water were discharged into the facility's drainage system, which leads to the river.
Royal Polymers officials reported the spill five days later, ministry officials said.
According to the ministry, Royal Polymers was charged with two infractions of the Environmental Protection Act - the first for causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect; and the second for failing to notify the ministry immediately of the discharge.
Royal also was charged with two infractions under the Ontario Water Resources Act.
``Measures have been fully implemented to enhance our ability to respond in the event of another massive power interruption,'' Mark Badger, spokesman for Woodbridge-based Royal Group, said in a Dec. 8 telephone interview.
Royal Polymers has a court hearing Jan. 14.