Neucel fined for illegal discharge

Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. ordered to pay fines for illegally discharging waste in 2011.

PORT HARDY—Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. has been ordered to pay $1,000 in fines to the Province and $174,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for illegally discharging waste, the Ministry of Environment announced Tuesday.

In 2011, Neucel exceeded authorized levels of discharge from its Port Alice pulp mill operation into Neroutsos Inlet on three separate occasions. The Major Investigations Unit of the Conservation Officer Service (COS), supported by Environment Canada, conducted a joint investigation and forwarded recommended charges to Crown counsel.

B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service enforces over 33 pieces of provincial and federal legislation to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

If you suspected violations of environmental protection laws, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters line at 1-877-952-7277.