International Dioxin Developments

February 17, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability

Halalt First Nation Alleging Dioxin Pollution by Canadian Paper Mill

On February 1, 2016, Halalt First Nation filed a notice of a civil claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against Catalyst Paper, British Columbia, and Canada, alleging that they had failed to protect Halalt’s Aboriginal Rights and title from the “toxic effects of pollution from the Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Crofton Mill.”

Halalt First Nation’s Allegations

Halalt First Nation contended that, based on Environment Canada documents, the Crofton Mill is “the single most polluting pulp mill in British Columbia.”

Halalt First Nation said in a statement that it was not necessarily seeking closure of the Crofton Mill, but that it was “determined to engage with Catalyst Paper, Canada and British Columbia, to ensure that a means may be found for the Crofton Mill to operate economically without any further dioxin emissions or environmentally unsustainable releases of effluent into the Halalt traditional fisheries.”

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