Fibrek S.E.N.C. located in Saint-Félicien, Quebec is fined $125,000 for depositing deleterious substances in Mistassini and Ashuapmushuan rivers

February 17, 2017 – Montreal, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

The effective and strict enforcement of Canadian environmental and wildlife protection legislation is one way that Environment and Climate Change Canada meets its commitment to maintaining clean air and water and to conserving wildlife and their habitats.

On February 9, 2017, Fibrek S.E.N.C. pleaded guilty to two charges, and it was fined $125,000 for violating the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations thereby committing offences under the Fisheries Act.

The investigation conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada revealed that Fibrek S.E.N.C. had committed several offences contrary to the Regulations and to the Act, namely

  • depositing acutely lethal effluent from its water treatment system;
  • failing to file the required report in the case of depositing deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish.

Part of the fine ($112,500) will be paid into the Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Regulations aim to prevent or minimize damages caused to fish.
  • The Department’s enforcement officers conduct inspections and investigation under the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. They aim to ensure that organizations subject to environmental protection laws are in compliance.
  • Fibrek S.E.N.C. will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.
  • The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Created in 1995, it provides a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our environment.

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