An owner of a dry cleaner has been sentenced to four months
of jail time for repeated failure to follow Environment and Climate
Change Canada's Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry
Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations (the
Ali Eldin owned First Class Cleaners in Edmonton, Alberta.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued warnings to First
Class Cleaners in 2005 and 2007 that the business was not in
compliance with the PERC Regulation. Following continued
non-compliance, First Class Cleaners was charged and pled guilty to
two offences in 2009 and 2010.
In 2013, contrary to the PERC Regulation, First Class
("PERC") in open containers
did not have a secondary containment
system in place for the dry cleaning machine, and
did not dispose of PERC waste every
First Class Cleaners was charged and again pled guilty to the
The Provincial Court of Alberta sentenced Mr. Eldin to a four
month conditional jail sentence. In deciding the appropriate
sentence, the Court focused on First Class Cleaners' repeated
non-compliance despite being made aware of the PERC Regulation and
the dangers of mishandling PERC.
Mr. Eldin will serve his sentence in the community under house
arrest for the first 75 days and then under daily curfew for the
remainder. Mr. Eldin was also sentenced to 60 hours of community
service and was ordered to take out a full-page ad to explain his
convictions and sentence in a national dry cleaning magazine.
The sentence in this case, and recent high fines in other cases,
come as a strong warning to all dry cleaners to ensure their dry
cleaning operations and facilities are in compliance with CEPA, the
PERC Regulation, provincial laws and municipal by-laws.
1. SOR 2003-79.
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