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Tembec pleads guilty


May 23, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Spruce Falls pleaded guilty to several charges under the Fisheries Act.

Spruce Falls pleaded guilty to several charges under the Fisheries Act.

Appearing before a Quebec Court judge, the Tembec division plead guilty to having deposited a deleterious substance (in this instance, a final effluent from the biological treatment system) into the Ottawa River, a total of 16 times between April 9, 2003 and December 14, 2004. These acts violate subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

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In addition, the company failed, on two occasions, to monitor the effluent, and, between March 1 and June 14, 2004, Spruce Falls partially ignored a direction issued by an inspector that required it to implement measures to prevent further effluent deposits from occurring.

Spruce Falls has been ordered to pay a $750,000 fine.


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