Owner of local dry cleaning company fined $10,000

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KAMLOOPS - The owner of a local dry cleaning company has been handed a hefty fine for improperly storing some chemicals.

Richard DeCap and his wife Lori own Lorick Ventures which also operates as McCleaners. Richard appeared in Kamloops Provincial Court today, Oct. 23, where he pleaded guilty to two infractions against Canada's Environmental Protection Act.

Federal Crown prosecutor Kendra Torvik told the court that Environment Canada conducted a random inspection of McCleaners on Dec. 8, 2015. Two open containers of tetrachloroethylene were observed. Tetrachloroethylene is a common chemical used in dry cleaning.

Court heard the biggest concern about open containers was the risk of chemicals spilling.

Torvik said the first offence under the act carries a minimum fine of $5,000. Because Richard pleaded guilty to two offences, he'll have to pay $10,000.

Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen said his client is "very confident" this will never happen again.

Lori was also facing the same charges, but it's not clear if those will be dealt with since her husband has pleaded guilty.

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