FortisAlberta fined $300,000 over transformer PCB leak

Canada, Alberta: Alberta electricity provider FortisAlberta Inc. has been fined CAD 300,000 ($228,200) after a polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) leak from a Hinton transformer, which the power distribution company didn’t report for seven months, reports Edmonton Journal.

FortisAlberta reported in May 2016 that one of its transformers had leaked oil, but enforcement officers found the company had discovered the leak in October 2015, according to Edmonton Journal.

Testing results showed about 325 litres of oil containing PCBs were released into the environment.

The company pleaded guilty in provincial court for violating PCB regulations and violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for releasing PCBs and failing to promptly notify an enforcement officer about the incident.

Source: Edmonton Journal

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