March 10, 2000

News Summary (March 10, 2000)

BC district charged for failing to comply with effluent permit

FORT ST JOHN, BC-The BC Environment, Lands and Parks Ministry has charged the Corporation of the District of Chetwynd, under the Waste Management Act, with failing to meet the requirements of its effluent permit. The permit, which authorizes the discharge of wastewater from Chetwynd's treatment facility into the Pine River, requires facility staff to provide and maintain a suitable flow device and to record once daily the effluent volume discharged over a 24-hour period. The charge covers a period between October 6, 1998 and May 11, 1999.

Two rivers named to BCs' heritage list

CAMPBELL RIVER, BC-The Campbell and the Horsefly rivers have become the two latest additions to British Columbia's heritage rivers system, bringing the total number in the network to 20. The Campbell River has long had an important place in First Nations culture and, with its internationally know salmon fishery, has contributed to the economic development of Vancouver Island. As part of the system, both rivers will be subject to river management guidelines designed to preserve their environmental, economical, social and historic values.

Record fines levied for fish trafficking

EDMONTON, ALTA-Two Edmonton businesses have been convicted on four charges of unlawfully trafficking in fish and fined a total of $28,500. This is the highest penalty levied to date for businesses trafficking in fish. The four charges against Pearl City Restaurant and United Grocers of Edmonton were laid October 16, 1997 after an undercover investigation by Alberta Environment conservation officers. Fifteen charges of fish trafficking, laid against five individuals and three businesses in Edmonton, were initially dismissed in September 1998. On appeal, the Court of Queen's Bench ruled in favour of the Crown and ordered a retrial. Subsequently, Pearl City Restaurant and United Grocers pleaded guilty to all trafficking charges in exchange for the counts against the individuals being dropped. The department's Natural Resources Service has been conducting a vigorous enforcement program since 1996 to prevent trafficking in fish or other activities that threaten the recovery of stocks, notably walleye, that are at risk.

Modest rise reported for Manitoba recycling

WINNIPEG, MAN-Diversion statistics for 1998-99, recently reported by the Manitoba Product Stewardship Corporation (MPSC) as part of its 1999 annual report, show a modest 3% increase in quantities of recyclables collected and processed, compared to the previous year. A total of 33,609 tonnes were handled between April 1, 1998 and March 31, 1999. This represents a diversion rate of 39%, based on the estimated availability of 86,883 tonnes of recyclable materials consumed in the province. Most Manitoba communities-160 out of 202 (79%)-now have curbside service for collection of recyclables, with drop-off depots serving the remainder, says the MPSC. The system is calculated to cost each household an average of $10.85 per year, compared to $65 per household per year for garbage collection and disposal. The report, or more information, may be requested from Mike Fernandes or Jim Fogg at 204/989-6222. (Source: Recycling Council of Ontario RE-News)

Canadian satellite to investigate ozone depletion

WINNIPEG, MAN-Bristol Aerospace, a subsidiary of Magellan, has received a contract to build Canada's first scientific satellite since 1971. To be launched in 2001, SCISAT-1 will study atmospheric ozone depletion, providing a better understanding of the chemical processes leading to depletion of the ozone layer, with special emphasis on reactions that occur over Canada and the Arctic. Ozone layer research carried out for the SCISAT-1 mission will be led by Peter Bernath of the University of Waterloo. Quebec-based ABB Bomem has been commissioned to develop the scientific instrumentation for the mission. The Canadian Space Agency is funding the project.

AECB invites comments on Monserco facility licensing action

OTTAWA, ONT-The Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) is accepting public comment on the renewal of Monserco Limited's radioactive waste management facility. The application was given initial consideration at the Board's February 17 meeting and a final decision will be made at its next meeting April 26. AECB recommendations concerning this licensing action may be requested by calling 1-800-668-5284 (995-5894 in Ottawa) or by E-mail, Written comments or requests to appear before the Board regarding this application are due by April 4 and should be sent to Ms Carmen Ellyson, Board Operations Officer, AECB, 280 Slater St, PO Box 1046, Ottawa K1P 5S9; 613/996-2026, FAX 623/995-5086, E-mail

Capital CDPQ invests in environmental firm

MONTREAL, QUE-Capital CDPQ, a member of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec network, Canada's largest private investor, is providing $250,000 in financing for Recypro Technologie, of Laval. The company has developed a process that converts recovered municipal solid waste into a granular material which can be made into value-added products such as lawn and garden fertilizer and industrial absorbent materials. The CDPQ investment will enable Recypro to improve the performance of its process and develop its market.

NS gives approval for gypsum mine

HALIFAX, NS-Georgia Pacific Canada has received an industrial approval providing full clearance to operate a gypsum mine in Melford (Inverness County). Acting Environment Minister Michael Baker said all conditions for the approval have been met. Georgia Pacific has made a commitment to protect an area of old-growth forests near the Bornish Hills nature reserve, additional karst habitat on its Sugar Camp property and four significant wetland properties. The company will also pay for over $2 million worth of road improvements. The proposed mine, including all facilities such as an on-site crushing/screening plant, will occupy 170 hectares. Gypsum produced at the mine will be trucked to Point Tupper.

Proposed PEI lottery to benefit environment

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-The proposed Earth Future lottery has moved to the next stage in its licensing process, the provincial government having issued lottery license requirements to be met. Earth Fund, a non-profit company headed by well-known environmental advocate Maurice Strong, proposes to operate a traditional, passive lottery in PEI whose net proceeds will be paid to charities. Specifically, 5% of the lottery's gross revenue will go to a PEI Foundation to be established to support local environmental projects. Other beneficiaries are to include the World Conservation Union, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, the Earth Council, and Medecins sans frontieres.

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