REVISED / AV Cell Inc. pleads guilty to violation of Clean Air Act (08/09/16)

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Sept. 16, 2008

CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - An Atholville mill has been fined $65,000 after pleading guilty in Campbellton provincial court to a violation of the Clean Air Act. The Department of Environment had charged AV Cell Inc., 175 Mill Rd., with releasing into the air a contaminant, or class of contaminant, causing damage to properties.

On July 16, 2007, a ruptured hose resulted in a release of about 128 kilograms of S02 (sulfur dioxide) gas from a railcar near the mill. The gas caused breathing problems for some residents, and damaged the trees, lawns and gardens of 52 homes in the area.

Judge Pierre Dubé levied the fine, of which $40,000 will go to the Village of Atholville to fund various community projects.

Another charge of causing or permitting the release into the air of a contaminant, or class of contaminant, resulting in substantial loss of the normal enjoyment of the use of any property was dropped.

Environment Minister Roland Haché encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment, and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.