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Northern Pulp ordered to pay $225,000 penalty for effluent spill

Environmental Damages Fund will disperse the money to three groups.

May 18, 2016   by PLANT STAFF

PICTOU, NS — The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. has been ordered to pay $225,000 for a Fisheries Act offence that occurred in June 2014 relating to a pipeline break that spilled over 47 million litres of untreated pulp and paper effluent into an area leading to the East River/Pictou Harbour.

A Nova Scotia Provincial Court decision rendered May 11, directs the Abercrombie, NS-based company’s penalty to the Environmental Damages Fund program. The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, the Pictou County Rivers Association and the Pictou Landing First Nation will each receive $75,000 from the program to carry out fish and fish habitat projects in Pictou County.

The company entered a guilty plea in January.

On June 11, 2014, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers inspected the site and collected samples near the pipeline break, which the company also analyzed, which showed that the untreated effluent was harmful to fish, which is an offence under the federal Fisheries Act.

The company’s name has been added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.


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