Vale Newfoundland and Labrador has been accused of illegally releasing “acutely lethal effluent” into the waters near the Voisey’s Bay mine site. The nickel-copper-cobalt mine first passed federal environmental review in 1997 and Vale recently signed a deal with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for an expansion of the mine. — File photo courtesy of Vale
Representatives for Vale Newfoundland and Labrador have met with federal government representatives regarding charges laid against the company, alleging illegal dumping into waters off Labrador.
At provincial court in St. John's this morning, a request was made for 30 days for consideration of what was described as "discussions" between the two parties on the matter.
None of the charges against Vale have been proven in court.
The case will be called again Sept. 30 for an update.
Vale is facing three charges of breaching the federal Fisheries Act over the course of almost a month in October 2011 for the alleged illegal release of liquid waste into Anaktalak Bay, Labrador.
The company is accused of illegally depositing waste into a waterway frequented by fish, failing to take reasonable preventative measures and failing to submit relevant environmental monitoring reports within a set time frame.
NOTE: This is a corrected version, as of 2:30 p.m.