February 7, 2005

Failure to comply with Fisheries Act order results in $8,500 in penalties

WOODSTOCK, ONT-International Graphite, in Woodstock, has been ordered to pay $7,500 to the Kearney Watershed Environmental Foundation, in addition to a $1,000 fine after being convicted of a charge under the federal Fisheries Act. Under the Act, an inspector may issue a direction requiring an alleged offender to take immediate action to prevent the deposit of a deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish. Following an investigation carried out in co-operation with provincial authorities, Environment Canada charged International Graphite, which has custodial control over a mine site near the Town of Kearney, Ontario, with failing to comply with a direction of an Environment Canada inspector. Along with the monetary penalty, an order under section 79.2 of the Act requires certain other measures to be taken. The company is required to develop and implement a procedure to control the off-site movement of potentially acutely lethal effluent within three months of conviction and upgrade a collection system for mill yard drainage within 12 months of conviction.

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