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June 04, 2018

Significant Fines Upheld in Sunrise Propane Explosion

The appeal decision in R. v Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. highlights the importance of being duly diligent and having preventative systems in place when conducting inherently dangerous business operations.

On November 27, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (ONSC) released its decision on the appeal by Sunrise Propane of the charges resulting from the explosions at the Sunrise Propane storage facility in 2008.

In 2016, the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) slapped Sunrise Propane and its directors with $5.3 million in fines plus victim fine surcharges for breaches of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).  See our previous article about the trial decision titled, 5.3M in Fines Against Sunrise Propane and Directors for Fiery Propane Explosion.

Sunrise Propane appealed to the ONSC to overturn the convictions and sentences. The ONSC dismissed the appeal and upheld all convictions and sentences.

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