January 3, 2005

West Fraser faces eight charges under federal, BC laws

PRINCE GEORGE, BC-Eight charges have been laid against West Fraser Timber and West Fraser Mills in connection with alleged violations of federal and provincial environmental protection laws at their Eurocan Pulp and Paper mill in Kitimat, BC. The charges include one count of violating the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act, two counts of violating the pollution provisions of Canada's migratory birds regulations and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and five counts of violating British Columbia's Waste Management Act. It is alleged that between December 10 and 13, 2002, a spill of pulp mill effluent containing weak black liquor was deposited into Symes Creek, a fish-bearing waterway near Kitimat. Weak black liquor, used during the production of paper products, is deleterious to fish and aquatic life. The charges were laid as a result of an extensive investigation by officers from Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and BC's Conservation Officer Service.
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