Who will be responsible for cleaning up Marathon Pulp’s environmental mess?
The pulp mill in Marathon, Ontario has been closed since the company filed for bankruptcy protection in February. 230 people are out of work.
Last Friday, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment issued an order for site remediation, stating that the mill’s owners permitted the discharge of contaminants and also controlled sewage works that discharged effluent into the Marathon harbour.
On Thursday, the receiver of the mill, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, will be asking the Superior Court to absolve them of all responsibility for the bankrupt mill, including any environmental liabilities.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Environment is asking the court to require the receiver to address environmental matters at the site, including financial assurances, before divesting itself of the facility.
Union officials, and the area’s MP, Bruce Hyer, want the court to keep alive the possibility of someone purchasing the mill. To do that, the mill’s wood supply needs to stay in the region.
Mill owners look to dump facility (TbNewsWatch)