CASTLEGAR, BC, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - On July 25, 2012, Zellstoff Celgar
Limited Partnership was sentenced in British Columbia Provincial court
for depositing acutely lethal effluent into the Columbia River, and for
other offences under the Environmental Management Act. The sentencing is the result of a conviction on February 16, 2012,
following an 8-day trial.
Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership was fined a total of $150,000, and
ordered to post details about the conviction on their corporate website
until July 31, 2013. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will
receive $120 000 of the fine.
On November 19, 2008, Environment Canada initiated and led a joint
investigation with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment's
Conservation Officer Service following a spill from the Zellstoff
Celgar Limited Partnership pulp mill in Castlegar, British Columbia.
The investigation led to one charge under the federal Fisheries Act, and a total of five charges under the provincial Environmental Management Act. The judgement determined that over two days a total of 209,344,000
litres of deleterious effluent was released into the Columbia River.
Zellstoff Celgar failed to comply with permit requirements following
discharges in excess of their permitted limits.
Environment Canada enforcement personnel investigate potential offences
under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act (SARA); the pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Act and Regulation; and the Wild Animal and Plant
Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade
Act (WAPPRIITA). Effective enforcement promotes greater compliance with the
legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment.
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(Également offert en français)
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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