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Labatt fined $50,000 for unlawful discharge of lubricant

London, ON -- Labatt Brewing Company Limited has been fined $50,000 -- plus a 25-percent victim surcharge -- after...


London, ON — Labatt Brewing Company Limited has been fined $50,000 — plus a 25-percent victim surcharge — after pleading guilty to one count of non-compliance with the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).

On August 16, 2002, Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) staff was informed of a potential problem in the Thames River in the City of London. Further investigation revealed that earlier that same day, lubricant (Vektor 100) being unloaded from a delivery truck at the Labatt brewery spilled into a storm sewer that empties into the River.

Vektor 100 is a soap-like product that was being used as a lubricant on the brewery’s production lines. MOE toxicity testing confirmed that the Vektor 100 lubricant did travel from the brewery site to the river.

By discharging the lubricant into the Thames River, Labatt contravened Section 30(1) of the OWRA. Under a joint-submission agreement, Labatt pled guilty to one count of causing or permitting the discharge of material and impairing water quality, and was fined $50,000 with 15 days to pay. Labatt is no longer using Vektor 100 as a lubricant.