Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says enforcement officers work hard every day to make sure people and companies are following Canadian environmental laws.

Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd., a dry-cleaning facility located in London, pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening the Environmental Act related to the use of Tetrachloroethylene

Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd. was fined $4,000 for each offence.  In addition, Barbara Jovanovic, an owner of Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd., pleaded guilty to one count of contravening the Regulations and was fined $2,000.  ECCC says the $10,000 in fines will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

In June 2015 ECCC enforcement officers inspected the facility. The inspection revealed that wastewater containing tetrachloroethylene had not been transported to a waste management facility and that records had not been maintained.

Tetrachloroethylene can enter the environment through the soil, where it can damage plants, and it can find its way into groundwater.