As environmental fines continue to increase, Chemtura Canada Inc. was fined $150,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $37,500, for spilling sulphuric acid mist into the air, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.
Chemtura’s Toronto manufacturing facility produces sulfonates and silicates used in lubes, industrial oil formulations and greases. When a pump failed, Chemtura released sulphuric acid mist, which caused adverse impacts to the surrounding environment and community. Those exposed to the mist reported health impacts, businesses were shut down, people in the area were evacuated, and a number of schools in the area were affected. Sulphuric acid mist can burn sensitive tissues in the noise, mouth and lungs, as I can attest from personal experience.