Kruger’s Corner Brook mill likely to pay fine for caustic soda spill

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Kruger’s Corner Brook mill likely to pay fine for caustic soda spill

June 15, 2010 - 06:32
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CORNER BROOK, NF, June 15, 2010 (The Western Star) -Corner Brook Pulp and Paper has changed its plea to guilty and will find out June 30 how much an accidental spill of a caustic soda solution in October 2007 will cost the company's coffers.

David Eaton, the mill's lawyer, changed the plea when the matter was called before Judge Wayne Gorman in provincial court in Corner Brook Friday morning.

In an agreed statement of facts submitted to the court by Eaton and Crown attorney Mark Steers, Gorman was told about 7,400 litres of a solution of 50 per cent caustic soda - also known as sodium hydroxide, a substance harmful to fish - was spilled onto a paved area of the mill property. The substance then flowed into a storm sewer system and ultimately ended up in the Humber Arm.

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