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Twin Rivers Paper Company fined $250,000 for Madawaska River pollution

May 31, 2024  By P&PC Staff


Environment and Climate Change Canada notified in a press statement that Twin Rivers Paper Company has been fined $250,000 in New Brunswick Provincial Court. The company reportedly pleaded guilty to one charge of contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act by permitting the deposit of a deleterious substance, namely pulp and paper process water called groundwood white water, into the Madawaska River. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

Environment and Climate Change Canada shares that on March 10, 2021, during a routine inspection at Twin Rivers Paper Company in Edmundston, its enforcement officers noted that a pipeline owned and operated by the company had failed, resulting in the deposit of groundwood white water into the fish-bearing Madawaska River.

An investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada into the cause of the pipeline failure later determined that it was due to extensive external corrosion, resulting in the release of an estimated 102,000 litres of groundwood white water into the Madawaska River for a period of approximately 24 hours. Testing of the groundwood white water samples determined the substance to be deleterious or harmful to fish.

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Due to this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The Registry contains information on convictions of corporations for offences committed under certain federal environmental laws.


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