Charges filed in paper mill spill

Charges filed in paper mill spill

Charges filed in paper mill spill

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 5:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, for violating federal environmental laws.

The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company's paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011.

A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Dec. 20 says a "liquor" produced during the processing of pulpwood into paper pulp was discharged, resulting in the death of thousands of fish.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/WUNX7W ) company officials have been summoned for an initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles III on January 31.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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