Vale case set for November return

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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A case involving three charges against Vale Newfoundland and Labrador was called in provincial court Monday morning, only to be set over to Nov. 15.

First called in court in July, the charges allege Vale violated the federal Fisheries Act by illegally dumping “acutely lethal effluent” into Anaktalak Bay.

The location is also the port site for the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine.

The company has been permitted to release liquid waste into the bay, but only when treated and kept within certain standards.

There has been no details released on the reasoning for the charges and no comment by representatives for the company or either the provincial or federal government on the case to date.

According to court documents, the release of mine waste took place from Oct. 4, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011.

Vale Newfoundland and Labrador faces one charge of illegal dumping of effluent into waters frequented by fish, one count of failing to take reasonable measures to prevent the occurrence and one count of failing to submit relevant reports by February 2012.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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