July 26, 2004

Quebec MOE releases latest environmental convictions summary

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-In its latest compliance summary, the Quebec Ministry of Environment reports that fines totalling $18,900 were levied in May against ten companies and individuals convicted of violating the province's environmental laws and regulations. Five companies received fines of more than $2,000, making up $15,600 of the total; the remainder, comprising fines of less than $2,000, was levied against four individuals and one company. Three convictions each were under Quebec's EnvironmentalQuality Act and the provincial air quality regulation, with two convictions under the agricultural pollution reduction regulation. More recently, the Quebec district court in Baie-Comeau fined Bowater Baie-TrinitÈ $22,000 plus $9,878 in analytical costs after finding the company guilty of violating section 20 of theEnvironmental Quality Act. The offence, dating back to December 2000, related to a release of toxic residuals into the environment.
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