June 13-20, 2005

Newfoundland Recycling levied $15K in penalties for diesel fuel release

HARBOUR GRACE, NFLD-Newfoundland Recycling was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 into Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund after pleading guilty to a charge under the federal Fisheries Act. The offence, in connection with the sinking of the fishing trawler San Won Ho at the former Erco wharf in Long Harbour, occurred in April 1999 when a quantity of marine diesel was released into the waters in Long Harbour after the trawler sank. The Fisheries Act prohibits the deposition, or the permitting of a deposition, of a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish. The Environmental Damages Fund, created in 1995, directs monies from pollution fines and settlements into activities aimed at repairing the harm done by pollution.

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