Federal charges accuse Vale of discharging lethal waste in Labrador cove

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Mining giant Vale (vah-LAY') is facing federal charges that allege it dumped an unnamed lethal waste into a Labrador bay and failed to submit related reports.

Environment Canada has laid three charges under the federal Fisheries Act against Vale Newfoundland & Labrador Ltd.

It's accusing the company of releasing a "lethal effluent" into Edwards Cove in Anaktalak Bay, the port facility for the Voisey's Bay nickel mine in a remote part of Labrador.

Court documents allege Vale released an unnamed substance into water frequented by fish on or about Oct. 4 until Oct. 31, 2011.

The company is accused of failing to take all reasonable prevention measures after the release, and of failing to submit related monitoring reports.

The court documents do not say whether the "lethal effluent" is harmful to humans.

Vale spokesman Bob Carter declined to comment on the substance or the case as it's before the courts.

There was no immediate comment from federal or provincial environment officials.

The matter is set to return Aug. 30 to provincial court in St. John's, N.L.

Organizations: Vale Newfoundland Labrador, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Labrador, ST. JOHN'S, Anaktalak Bay

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