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.