On December 12, 2016, Acklands-Grainger Inc. pleaded guilty, in the Provincial Court of Alberta, for contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The company was fined $500,000, an amount which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF).
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, its Intelligence Division uncovered information that led enforcement officers to conduct an investigation into Acklands-Grainger Inc.’s sale of aerosol products containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a prohibited ozone-depleting substance. The investigation determined that between 2012 and 2014, the company sold HV Switchgear Lubricant and Sprayon EL2204, which contained the prohibited HCFC-225.
HCFCs are mainly used for foam blowing, refrigeration and air conditioning, solvent cleaning, and, to a lesser extent, aerosols and fire protection.