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Blog Post: Spot the Trend: Increasing Environmental Penalties in Canada


by Sean Parker and Kimberly Wasylenchuk

On March 26, 2021, Teck Coal Limited (“Teck Coal”) entered a guilty plea on two counts of unlawfully depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, contrary to s. 36(3) of the Fisheries Act. Teck Coal was ordered to pay a total of $60 million in fines and monetary court orders arising from the infractions under the Fisheries Act. In addition to the monetary penalty, Teck Coal was ordered to comply with direction given under the Fisheries Act requiring pollution reduction measures. The charges resulted from an investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada (“ECCC”), which concluded that Teck Coal’s operations were depositing deleterious coal mine waste rock leachate (consisting of selenium and calcite) into the upper Fording River in southeastern British Columbia.

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