Zellstoff Celgar sentenced for release of effluent into Columbia River

CASTLEGAR, B.C. -- July 26, 2012 -- On July 25, 2012, Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership was sentenced in British Columbia Provincial court for depositing effluent into the Columbia River, and for 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 charges under the provincial Environmental Management Act. The judgment determined that effluent was released into the Columbia River over two days, and that Zellstoff Celgar failed to comply with permit requirements by discharging 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 Convention Act, 1994, 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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