Dec. 19, 2008
BATHURST (CNB) - A Belledune company has been fined $1,200 after pleading guilty in Bathurst provincial court on Dec. 16 to violating the Air Quality Regulation - Clean Air Act.
The Department of Environment had charged CGC Inc., 52 Hodgin Rd., Belledune, with failing to comply with a term or condition of the company's air quality approval to operate a gypsum storage site.
The approval required that all on-site synthetic gypsum be removed from the storage area by Oct. 31, 2007. It had been estimated that 65,000 tons of gypsum were onsite. Repeated inspections of the facility after the October deadline confirmed that only a portion of the gypsum had been removed by April 22, 2008.
Judge Ronald LeBlanc imposed the fine and placed the company on probation for 10 months. During probation all remaining gypsum must be removed from the facility.
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, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.