Hudson's Bay Co. in court over alleged PCB leak

A man walks through the doors at the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) flagship department store in...

A man walks through the doors at the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) flagship department store in Toronto in this January 27, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Hugo Joncas, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Hudson's Bay Co. executives will appear in court here Thursday to face charges filed by the Federal Environment Ministry for failing to report a 146 kg leak of PCBs from a transformer on the roof of its flagship downtown store in May 2011.

Four company executives, two from the Toronto, are accused of failing to report the leak. Two of the four executives are also accused of giving false or misleading information regarding the company's use of old transformers containing PCBs in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada from 2008 to 2011.

The Bay has not confirmed what exactly leaked into the sewer system from the St. Catherine St. store and referred to it as "contaminated material."

"The health and safety of our employees, our customers and our neighbors are of paramount importance, without compromise," company spokesman Tiffany Bourre said in an e-mail. "We acted immediately and transparently, in collaboration with all relevant environmental authorities to rectify the situation, and therefore have fully co-operated with the authorities and Environment Canada.

"As this matter is before the courts, I cannot comment further."


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