January 26, 2004

Firms charged for failing to comply with Fisheries Act preventive direction

PARRY SOUND, ONT-International Graphite and Graphold have been charged under the federal Fisheries Act with failing to comply with a direction issued under the Act, as well as violations of the Act. The legislation authorizes inspectors to issue a direction requiring alleged offenders to take immediate action to prevent the deposit of a deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish. The charges allege that on November 12, 2002, the companies, which have custodial control over a mine site near the town of Kearney, Ontario, failed to comply with a direction requiring them to control on- and off-site pollution. As a result, acutely lethal effluent, which is toxic to fish, was allowed to enter a tributary of the Magnetawan River. Environment Canada's Ontario regional office laid charges after a ten-month investigation, conducted in co-operation with the Ontario Ministries of Environment, Northern Development and Mines, and Natural Resources. The companies are scheduled to appear in court February 10 in Sundridge.
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