MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Five people have been injured after an explosion at an industrial facility at Veolia Environmental Services site in Sarnia – a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada - on October 25. Sarnia Police said in a media release that the fire was quickly brought under control.
Veolia Environmental Services is one of the four divisions of the Veolia Environment family of companies which is one of the largest environmental companies in the world with 220,000 employees across the globe.
The origins of Veolia Environmental Services date back to the French organization, Compagnie Generale des Eaux (CGE), created in 1853 to supply cities with drinking water.
In 1953 CGE began collecting household waste, and later expanded its capabilities into the hazardous waste sector.
In 1989 CGE's operations worldwide were consolidated under the name of Onyx.
In 2005 Onyx was rebranded to Veolia Environmental Services.
The parent company of the Veolia Environmental Services, Veolia Environment is currently operating in 48 countries. In 2012 its revenues totaled $38,8 billion.
Veolia Environmental Services serves the clients in 35 countries employing more than 100,000 people.
Veolia Environmental Services is practically the only international company with capacities to process all kinds of waste - liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous. It deals with on-site waste processing, industrial cleaning and process maintenance, as well as with recycling, recovery and disposal for both the public and private sectors.
Veolia Environmental Services owns and operates about 1,000 facilities including centers for waste sorting and recycling, composting facilities, energy recovery and materials recovery facilities, physical-chemical hazardous waste treatment facilities and landfill sites.