West Fraser Mills facing environmental charges in Alberta

Charges related to the release of a substance in Sept. 2014 not immediately reported to the provincial government.

HINTON, Alta. — The Alberta government has charged a pulp mill with several offences under the Environmental Protection Act.

West Fraser Mills in Hinton faces a total of six charges after the release of a substance in September 2014 that allegedly wasn’t immediately reported to Alberta Environment.

The company also faces one charge of failing to follow safety rules while unloading a chemical from a truck.

Officials with Alberta Environment will not say what the substance was because the matter is now before the courts.

The first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Hinton.

The company calls itself one of North America’s largest lumber companies with 40 mills across Western Canada and the southern US.

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