Former owner of former Bathurst Smurfit-Stone mill site fined $150,000
'It would be an understatement to say they never lived up to their promises'
Provincial court judge Ronald Leblanc had fined Bathurst Redevelopment Inc, the owner of the former Smurfit-Stone paper mill in Bathurst $150,000 for failure to comply with a ministerial order to clean up the property.
"It would be an understatement to say they never lived up to their promises," said Leblanc at the final date in the ex-parte trial.
No representative of the company was in court to hear the sentencing Thursday.
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Bathurst Redevelopment Inc, a Canadian subsidiary of American-owned Green Investment Group Inc, bought the property in 2010, with promises of a "green cleanup" of the site. Instead, valuable metals and equipment were removed and the property was stripped of value. The remaining silos, dilapidated office building, and rubble have been described as an "eyesore".
The penalty for this type of transgression by a corporation carries a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum fine of $1 million.
Crown attorney Marc Bourgeois had previously recommended a fine of $150,00 to $200,000.
Bourgeois had previously noted during his presentation to the court that since Bathurst Redevelopment Inc. is insolvent, the penalty is largely symbolic.
Judge Ronald Leblanc highlighted the company's previous record of similar behaviour at other decommissioned mill sites in Canada.
He called it "a disturbing pattern."
Bathurst Redevelopment Inc. and its parent company, Green Investment Group, have until Dec 30, 2016 to pay the fine.