Canflow Charged in Petrolia
Waste firm charged in Ontario PETROLIA, Ontario (AP) - The Ontario Environment Environment Ministry has charged Canf low Services Ltd. of Sarnia with two offenses arising from a spill of an oily mixture that entered a creek last September. Ray Bowen, supervisor of the ministry's investigations and enforcement branch in London, Ontario, said storm water runoff mixed with oil left the Canf low site Sept. 8 and reached Bear Creek through a ditch. Bear Creek empties into Lake St. Clair. Canflow operates a'waste treatment and disposal site in Petrolia, about 15 miles southeast of Sarnia. Bowen said the spill did not pose any danger to human health but could damage plant life. Canflow is charged with the discharge of a contaminant that may impair the quality of the environment. It also is charged under the Ontario Water Resources Act with the discharge of contaminants that may impair the quality of water in the creek. - ; Each charge carries a maximum $5,000 fine. The company is to appear in provincial court in Petrolia on April 2. ' Canflow is also the subject of continuing, separate investigations by Ontario, Michigan and U.S. authorities in connection with the shipment of 500,000 gallons of oil laced with cancer-causing cancer-causing cancer-causing chemicals in 1984 and 1985. The oil was sold to General Motors Corp. for use as boiler fuel in the company's Livonia stamping plant. Attorney General Frank Kelley last April ordered GM to stop burning the fuel. GM complied and has been cooperating cooperating with investigators. State officials have said GM apparently didn't know the fuel was tainted.