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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper fined $50,000 for violating Federal Fisheries Act in Canada

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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper fined $50,000 for violating Federal Fisheries Act in Canada

June 30, 2010 - 18:46
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CORNER BROOK, NF and LABRADOR, June 30, 2010 (Market Wire) -Corner Brook Pulp and Paper pleaded guilty to violating the federal Fisheries Act during a sentencing hearing held on June 11, 2010 in Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Court in Corner Brook. Today, June 30, the Court ordered the company to pay a total penalty of $50,000.

An investigation by Environment Canada determined that on October 10, 2007, a line transporting sodium hydroxide from a tanker to the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill steam plant failed. As a result approximately 7400 litres of sodium hydroxide, a substance which is deleterious to fish, was released from the tanker and entered a storm sewer which flows into Humber Arm.

Following the investigation, on September 24, 2009, the company was charged for releasing a substance that is harmful to fish, into fish-bearing waters.

The penalty includes a court ordered payment of $45,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment Canada.

Following the "polluter pays principle," the Environmental Damages Fund helps ensure that those who damage the environment take responsibility for their actions, and helps connect enforcement actions to investments in repairing the harm caused to our environment and wildlife.

The remaining $5,000 fine is to be paid to the court.