Toronto company fined for supplying paint with high VOCs

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By CRM Staff

Toronto, Ontario — September 20, 2017 — Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced it has levied fines against a Toronto-area supplier for selling automotive refinishing products that contained VOCs in excess of the allowable limit.

Fine Auto Paints and Supplies of Scarborough, Ontario, was fined $25,000, after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice on September 13, 2017 to one count of contravening the Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). The EDF is a Government of Canada program administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Fund follows the “polluter pays” principle and ensures that court-awarded penalties are used for projects with positive environmental impacts.

A statement from the ECCC says an investigation by the ministry’s enforcement officers revealed that the company had sold automotive refinishing products that contained a level VOCs that exceeds the limits permitted for auto refinish products.

Collision Repair magazine has reached out to the ECCC to request more information, but a response had not been received at time of publication.

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