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Algoma Steel Inc. Fined $75,000 for Violating the Ontario Water Resources Act

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Algoma Steel Inc. Fined $75,000 for Violating the Ontario Water Resources Act

SAULT STE. MARIE -- Algoma Steel Inc. has been fined $75,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to violating the Ontario Water Resources Act.

The Court heard that Algoma Steel Inc. which operates an integrated steelmaking operation in Sault Ste. Marie left a drain valve open following maintenance work, resulting in the discharge of de-ammoniated liquor. The liquor flowed directly to the main plant sewer and main water filtration plant. This liquor contained high phenol concentrations, causing Algoma Steel Inc. to exceed its total waste loading limit for phenols.

Algoma Steel Inc. was charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment's Investigations and Enforcement Branch.

Algoma Steel Inc. was convicted for violating section 107(3) of the Ontario Water Resources Act, by exceeding the total waste loading limit for phenols as specified under the company's Certificate of Approval. Algoma Steel Inc. was fined $75,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, and given 30 days to pay.

Justice of the Peace Paula Nichols heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, and imposed sentence on March 27, 2008.

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