Domtar fined C$50,000 plus Victim Fine Surcharge of C$12,500 for spill in 2016 from its mill in Espanola, ON

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Domtar fined C$50,000 plus Victim Fine Surcharge of C$12,500 for spill in 2016 from its mill in Espanola, ON

April 16, 2018 - 13:12
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OTTAWA, April 13, 2018 (Press Release) -Convicted -Domtar Inc.

Location -Espanola

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to failing to notify the ministry of a spill that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect.

Date of Offence -on or about August 29, 2016

Date of Conviction -April 12, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Domtar Inc. was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and was fined $50,000 plus Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $12,500 and was given 60 days to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Domtar Inc. owns and operates a pulp and paper mill on Station Road in the Town of Espanola.
  • On or about August 29, 2016, there was a discharge of sodium sulphate salt (commonly referred to as salt cake) into the community of Espanola from the Domtar facility.
  • The discharge was as a result of a salt cake buildup and a resulting failure of a precipitator on a recovery boiler.
  • Although salt cake is a white, odourless powder and is regarded as non-toxic, several complaints were received from area residents who indicated that the substance coated their vehicles, yards, and or outdoor furniture.
  • Domtar did not report the discharge to the ministry until August 30, 2016.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and the conviction.