Quebec company charged with disposing of harmful substances in Canadian rivers

Feb. 20, 2017
Fibrek S.E.N.C. fined $125,000 for deposits in Mistassini and Ashuapmushuan rivers  

MONTREAL, FEBRUARY. 20, 2017-- The effective and strict enforcement of Canadian environmental and wildlife protection legislation is one way that Environment and Climate Change Canada meets its commitment to maintaining clean air and water and to conserving wildlife and their habitats.

OnFebruary 9, 2017, Fibrek S.E.N.C. pleaded guilty to two charges, and it was fined$125,000for violating thePulp and Paper Effluent Regulationsthereby committing offences under theFisheries Act.

The investigation conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada revealed that Fibrek S.E.N.C. had committed several offences contrary to the Regulations and to the Act, namely depositing acutely lethal effluent from its water treatment system; failing to file the required report in the case of depositing deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish.

Part of the fine($112,500)will be paid into the Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Fibrek S.E.N.C. will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

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