An Edmonton businessman and owner of a dry cleaning operation,
First Class Cleaners, was given an four-month conditional sentence
on that is to be served in the community. The owner of First
Class Cleaners plead guilty to five Canadian Environmental
Protection Act offences relating to the use of
tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PERC).
First Class Cleaners was issued warnings in 2005 and 2007 that
the dry cleaning operation was not in compliance with the PERC
Regulation. First Class Cleaners was charged and plead guilty
to two offences in 2009 and 2010. In 2013 the regulator,
Alberta Environment and Climate Change, found that First Class
Cleaners, stored tetrachloroethylene in open containers, did not
provide a secondary containment system for the dry cleaning
machine, and failed to dispose of the tetrachloroethylene waste
every 12 months all in contravention of the PERC Regulation.
The judge agreed that the owner of the dry cleaning operation
could serve his sentence under house arrest for the first two and a
half months and a daily curfew for the balance. The judge felt that
she believes that the owner will be deferred from further
non-compliance actions as a result of the "shame" placed
on him and his family.
The owner of the dry cleaning operation is also required to
complete 60 hours of community service and write an article in a
dry-cleaning industry magazine about his failure to comply with the
applicable regulatory requirements.
This is only one of numerous convictions against dry
cleaners. Dry cleaners need to ensure their facilities are in
compliance with all regulatory requirements including the
provisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act,
PERC Regulations, applicable provincial laws and municipal
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