Refinery Penalized $500,000 for Fisheries Act Violations

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An investigation conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that a refinery had, on six occasions, failed to comply with a directive requiring rehabilitation and environmental monitoring work issued after the deposit of a deleterious substance in water frequented by fish. The refinery pleaded guilty to six violations of the Fisheries Act. The court fined it $120,000 and ordered it to pay $380,000 for the financial benefits it obtained through these violations. The total amount will be deposited in the Environmental Damages Fund [Valero Energy Inc.–Jean Gaulin Refinery, Govt. News Release, March 1, 2017].