WELLINGTON Two refrigeration engineers have
been convicted by a New Zealand court for depleting the ozone
The country's Ministry for Economic Development prosecuted
the two men in the first ever case taken under a 1996 law
protecting the ozone layer.
The pair released an ozone depleting substance,
chlorodifluoromethane HCFC22, into the atmosphere as they were
repairing a drinks chiller, and ignored a warning that it was
The Ministry said it took the case as a warning to
industry. The two were convicted and fined NZ$750 each (290
Permits are needed to handle HCFCs, which will be banned
under an international agreement from 2015.
(Editing by Alex Richardson)