Thunder Bay Packaging Inc. Convicted of Environmental Offences
THUNDER BAY, May 19 - Thunder Bay Packaging Inc. was convicted on May 18th, 2000 in the Ontario Court of Justice for two violations of the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations made pursuant to the federal Fisheries Act.
The Company was fined a total of $50,000 of which $45,000 has been directed to environmental activities in the community. Twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) will go to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan. Twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) will be used by Confederation College to establish an "Ontario Environmental Law Enforcement Bursary".
Charges against the mill owner and operators, St. Laurent Paperboard Inc., Steven Hession, and Gaeten Corriveau were withdrawn.
One of the two charges related to a deposit of acutely lethal effluent into Lake Superior on June 8, 1998.
The other charge related to the fact that the mill failed to monitor its effluent in the manner prescribed by the Regulations. The Regulations specify a reference methodology for testing of this effluent to ensure it is non-lethal to fish.
The charges were laid by Environment Canada following an investigation by the Ontario Region Office of the department's Environmental Protection Branch.