February 8, 2002

Canada Press

by Broadcast News

Environment Canada has laid charges against the city of Moncton, New Brunswick, accusing it of violating the federal Fisheries Act.

The city is accused of unlawfully depositing a harmful substance into water inhabited by fish.

The charge relates to a former city landfill located on the banks of the Petitcodiac River.

Environment officials say rainfall has caused contaminated water to seep out of the landfill — enough to kill fish.

A city employee and an engineering consulting firm have also been charged.

They will appear in provincial court April 3rd.

Moncton Mayor Brian Murphy says he doesn’t believe the city has done anything wrong.

He says it’s a concern for the image of the city. (CP) — stl