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Norampac Fined For Black Liquor Spill In Trent River


December 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

On October 27, Cascades Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to one offence of discharging a material into the Trent River that impaired water quality, as well as failing to do everything practical to prevent t…

On October 27, Cascades Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to one offence of discharging a material into the Trent River that impaired water quality, as well as failing to do everything practical to prevent the adverse effect of the discharge and restore the natural environment. The company was fined $175,000 plus a victim fine surcharge and given one year to pay.

Norampac, a subsidiary of Cascades, operates a pulp and paper production facility in the City of Quinte West. A January 2007 inspection revealed that the level of black liquor in the site’s lagoon was above its rubber liner and was discharging and ponding in the immediate area. The inspection noted that the liquor was flowing to a catch basin and a ditch that eventually discharged into the Trent River.

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