WILLIAMS LAKE, BC, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Gibraltar Mines Ltd. was ordered to pay $70,000 on June 29, 2016, in British Columbia Provincial Court after pleading guilty to five offences under the Fisheries Act related to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER). Between August 15, 2014, and May 31, 2015, the company failed to complete environmental monitoring as required under the regulations, failed to submit environmental reports and failed to notify and report on a limit exceedance in the effluent discharge.
Of the $70,000 penalty, $65,000 will be paid to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) and $5,000 will be paid as a fine. The EDF is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Created in 1995, it provides a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to projects that will benefit our natural environment.
As a result of the conviction, Gibraltar Mines Ltd. will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The registry was created in 2009. It contains the names of corporations convicted of offences under certain federal environmental laws.
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