January 14, 2003

N.B. city facing pollution charges will stand trial in the fall
by CP Wire

MONCTON, N.B. — The City of Moncton will stand trial this fall on pollution charges under the federal Fisheries Act.

The municipality and a consultant are accused of allowing pollution from an old landfill site to seep into the Petitcodiac River.

In 1993, the city hired the engineering consultant Gemtec to help it close an old garbage dump, which was situated right beside the river.

Environment Canada conducted an investigation and determined that leachate had seeped into the watercourse.

The department charged the city, the consulting firm and two individuals – city engineer Geoff Greenough and Gemtec employee Robert Lutes.

The trial will start Sept. 22 and is expected to last three weeks.