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Cascades pleads guilty


June 19, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Cascades Fine Papers Group has pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act.
Cascades Fine Papers Group has pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act.

According to an announcement by Environment Canada, the Breakey Fibres division mill in Levis, QC, pleaded guilty to three counts of indictment for having, in December 2003, January and February 2004, and again in February 2005, deposited final effluent from the water treatment system into the Chaudire River, thereby violating subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

The Court of Quebec has ordered Cascades Fine Papers Group to pay a penalty of $125,000 a $45,000 fine and an $80,000 payment to the Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment Canada. The judge based the decision on a submission submitted jointly by the prosecution and the defence.

The payment to the Environmental Damages Fund will be used to promote restoration projects.