November 15, 2004

Akzo Nobel Chemicals, former plant manager face spill-related Fisheries Act charges

SASKATOON, SK-Akzo Nobel Chemicals and former plant manager Grant EJ Flory appeared in Saskatoon provincial court on November 3, charged with one count each of violating subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act. The charges relate to a spill of more than 1,400 litres of Redicote C-914, a compound deleterious or harmful to fish and aquatic life, which occurred at the Akzo Nobel Chemicals plant in Saskatoon in August 2002. An investigation by Environment Canada indicated that the compound was spilled into the plant effluent system and later discharged to the South Saskatchewan River. The charges allege that the spill resulted from the unsupervised loading of a truck. The case has been held over until December 14, 2004 in the Saskatoon provincial court. Subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act prohibits the deposit of any substance that is or harmful to fish and aquatic life. More information is available from Kent Siegele of Environment Canada, 306/780-6462.
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