ESPANOLA, ON, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Domtar Inc. was sentenced on
December 17, 2013, in Ontario Provincial Court for violating the Fisheries Act and was ordered to pay $75,000, of which $67,500 will be directed to
the Environmental Damages Fund.
Domtar Inc. pleaded guilty to one count pursuant to subsection 36(3) of
the Fisheries Act for offences occurring at its mill in Espanola, Ontario, between
December 14 and 16 of 2010. Domtar Inc. failed to adhere to the
regulatory limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and thereby
deposited effluent that was deleterious to fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act. Discharge of BOD matter into water leads to the consumption of oxygen
in the receiving water which may render the water uninhabitable to fish
and other aquatic organisms.
Environment Canada's enforcement personnel conduct inspections and
investigations under a number of acts and regulations including the Fisheries Act. They help ensure that companies, government entities and the general
public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada's
The Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment
Canada, was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds
received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to
priority projects that will benefit our environment.
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