The Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation has been fined $900,000 after pleading guilty to depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish.
The company was ordered to pay a penalty of $900,000, which will be directed to the federal Environmental Damages Fund. This funding is to be used for the conservation of fish or fish habitat in the Omineca region of British Columbia. The company was also ordered to complete an independent audit of its operations to prevent future incidents of this kind.
The offence relates to incidents in July 2014 and September 2016, when effluent discharging from the Mackenzie Pulp Mill was found to be deleterious to fish. Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers investigated the incidents, and their investigation revealed that the mill’s treatment system had not properly treated the effluent before discharging it, due in part to improper management of the wastewater entering the treatment system. The effluent was deposited into Williston Lake, which is frequented by fish.
As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.