PF Résolu Canada Inc. - conviction information for 2017-10-12

Corporation details
Corporation name: PF Résolu Canada Inc.
Address: 20 Marquette Street
City: Baie-Comeau
Province/territory: Quebec
Postal code: G4Z 1K6
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 322 - Paper manufacturing
Case details
Location of offense: 20 Marquette Street, Baie-Comeau, Quebec
Case summary:

The PF Résolu Canada Inc. facility in Baie-Comeau is a pulp and paper mill that primarily produces newsprint.

On or about 19 June 2012, heavy fuel oil was released from an underground pipeline connecting the heavy fuel oil pumping station to the day tank. According to the company, the underground pipeline ruptured, releasing heavy fuel oil into the concrete culvert. Through cracks in the culvert, the heavy fuel oil entered the plant’s storm sewer system. From there, it migrated to Comeau Creek, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River. PF Résolu Canada Inc. estimated the quantity of heavy fuel oil released based on the quantities recovered. The estimated total was 7,426 kg (7,277 litres). The total quantity of the substance deposited in waters frequented by fish could not be determined.

36(3) of the Fisheries Act
Enforcement notification: PF Résolu Canada Inc. is fined $100,000 for the deposit of a deleterious substance in the Comeau Creek situated in North Shore
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2017-10-12
Court level: Provincial and Territorial Court
Nature of offense(s):
  • Other
Additional details about the nature of the offense: Not available
Legislative details
Act Regulations Section(s)
Pollution Prevention provisions (subsection 36(3)) of the Fisheries Act 36(3)
Date of sentencing: 2017-10-12
Location of sentencing: Baie-Comeau
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $100,000
Sentencing details:
On 12 October 2017, before the Court of Québec in Baie-Comeau, PF Résolu Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to violating subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act and was fined $100,000. The entire amount of the fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) and used for local environmental revitalization initiatives in the North Shore region.
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