BIG FINE FOR FISHERIES ACT OFFENCE
Big fine for Fisheries Act offence. An intermunicipal board in Quebec fined $500,000 for an offence under the Fisheries Act.
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On December 10, 2020, the Régie intermunicipale du centre de valorisation des matières résiduelles du Haut-Saint-François et de Sherbrooke, also known as Valoris, pleaded guilty in the Sherbrooke courthouse to one count of contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the discharge of a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish.
Between March 13, 2014, and October 12, 2016, Valoris released effluent containing ammonia nitrogen, which is lethal to rainbow trout, from its leachate-treatment system at its sanitary landfill site and from its composting platform, into the Bégin stream, a tributary to the Saint-François River.
Valoris was fined $500,000, which will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
In addition to the fine, the court ordered Valoris to take action to ensure its water-treatment system is closely monitored.
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