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Rejection of ArcelorMittal’s appeal: a welcomed decision

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec17,2023

Rejection of the ArcelorMittal appeal: a welcome decision

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The pollutant releases occurred at the Mont-Wright mining complex, near Fermont, located on the ancestral territory of the Innus of Uashat mak Mani-utenam. (Archive photo)

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The coalition “So that Quebec looks better! » welcomes the decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal to reject the appeal of the mining company ArcelorMittal Canada. She believes that this decision could have repercussions on the entire mining industry.

In October 2021, the Court of Quebec found ArcelorMittal Canada guilty of 93 counts of contravening the Fisheries Act due to the release of harmful substances into the environment and the transmission of false declarations. She was fined $15 million. This decision was appealed by the company.

The pollutant releases occurred between 2011 and 2013 at the Mont-Wright mining complex, near Fermont. The mine is located on the ancestral territory of the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-utenam.

The co-spokesperson of the coalition So that Quebec has better look!, lawyer Rodrigue Turgeon, speaks of the rejection of the appeal as an important judgment.

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This is a severe warning to the entire industry.

A quote from Me Rodrigue Turgeon, from the coalition So that Quebec looks better!

We know that this type of decision, when it comes from the highest court in Quebec, it percolates throughout the mining industry, he says .

It is certain that it will be very useful for jurisprudence.< /p>A quote from Me Rodrigue Turgeon, of the coalition “So that Quebec looks better! »

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Me Rodrigue Turgeon is the co-bearer – spokesperson for the coalition “So that Quebec looks better!”. (Archive photo)

Me Turgeon underlines in particular the importance of paragraph 64 of the decision.

We underline in the decision that the level of diligence in terms of environmental protection is higher for mining companies because of the significant risks they pose for the environment with their work, mentions the lawyer.

He also emphasizes paragraph 28 of the decision of the Court of Appeal, which specifies that if companies do not respect the environmental rules which govern the mine, they risk, in the long term, losing their environmental authorizations.

It's not just anything, environmental protection. This is what allows you to [carry out your activities] and you have to take that seriously, says Me Rodrigue Turgeon.

The lawyer explains that the Court of Appeal did not accept the arguments presented by ArcelorMittal.

The Court succeeded, in a single paragraph, in truly tearing ArcelorMittal's strategy to pieces.

A quote from Me Rodrigue Turgeon, from the coalition “So that Quebec looks better! »

According to him, the company's lawyers questioned the reliability of their own analyzes and also sought to discredit the reliability of their own samples, while on the other hand, the company claimed to respect good practices in matters of 'sampling. And all this while she had failed to transmit several analysis results to Environment Canada, to the ministry.

According to Me Rodrigue, this judgment highlights the fact that financial sanctions are insufficient to enforce environmental standards.

This is a decision which is very severe towards the mining company and which solidifies the importance of ensuring increased supervision of mining activities.

A quote from Me Rodrigue Turgeon, of the coalition “So that Quebec looks better! »

The president of the Assembly of the MRC of the Côte-Nord, Alain Thibault, did not want to comment on the matter, contenting himself with saying that& #x27;ArcelorMittal just had to comply with the Court's judgment.

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The mayor of Port-Cartier, Alain Thibault (Archive photo)

For his part, the mayor of Fermont, Martin St-Laurent, did not wish to comment either since he is an employee of ArcelorMittal Canada.

The mining company now has 60 days to file a request to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

By email, the spokesperson for 'ArcelorMittal, Annie Paré, indicated that the company is analyzing the decision of the Court of Appeal. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not be able to share further information with you at this time.

With information from Charles-Étienne Drouin

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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