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Temple-Inland pleads guilty in federal court for negligence in 2011 Louisiana mill discharge and fish kill

By Mon, Feb 11, 2013

BOGALUSA, LA, Feb. 11, 2013 (Local News) -Temple-Inland, former operator of Bogalusa's paper mill, pled guilty in federal court Thursday to two counts in connection with the Aug. 9, 2011, release of pollutants into the Pearl River.

The Delaware corporation, located in Austin, Texas, pled guilty to negligently causing the discharge of a pollutant from its Bogalusa facility into the Pearl River and to the negligent taking of fish from the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, announced United States Attorney Dana Boente.

Temple-Inland pled guilty before U. S. District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle to a two-count Bill of Information charging it with one misdemeanor count for the negligent violation of the Clean Water Act and one misdemeanor count for the negligent violation of the Refuge Act. The maximum penalty Temple-Inland faces for the CWA violation is a fine of up to $200,000 and a term of probation up to five years. The maximum penalty for the Refuge Act violation is a fine of up to $10,000 per taking. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 1 at 2 p.m.

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