QUEBEC, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Environment Canada announced today that
Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc., a division of Cascades Inc., which operates
the Breakey Fibres Division mill in Levis, Quebec, appeared today before a
Court of Quebec judge and pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act.
Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc. pleaded guilty to three counts of
indictment for having, in December 2003, January and February 2004, and again
in February 2005, deposited a deleterious substance (final effluent from the
water treatment system) into the Chaudière River, in violation of subsection
36(3) of the Fisheries Act.
The Court of Quebec ordered Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc. to pay a
penalty of $125,000.00-a $45,000.00 fine and an $80,000.00 payment to the
Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment Canada. The judge
based the decision on a submission submitted jointly by the prosecution and
the defence. The payment to the Environmental Damages Fund will be used to
promote restoration projects. Local community and ecology groups will have an
opportunity to submit project proposals for the funds. The Environmental
Damages Fund helps ensure that polluters take responsibility for offences and
provides courts a way of guaranteeing that money is directly invested to
improve the quality of the environment.
The charges were laid following an investigation by officers from
Environment Canada's Environmental Enforcement Branch - Quebec Region.
Environment Canada investigates potential pollution offences under the
Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and under the pollution prevention
provisions of the Fisheries Act. The Department ensures that companies and
individuals comply with legislation that protects Canada's environment.
For further information about the Environmental Law Enforcement Program
of Environment Canada, consult the Green Lane at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ele-ale/.
(Egalement offert en français)
For further information:
For further information: Isabelle Goulet, Manager, Investigations
Section, Environment Canada, (514) 496-0684