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Suncor Energy Inc. was fined $200,000 after pleading guilty Tuesday to polluting the Steepbank River north of Fort McMurray, Alta.
Suncor was charged with two violations under the Fisheries Act for allowing toxic runoff to enter fish-bearing waters.
The charges stemmed from 2008 when Suncor was investigated for allowing effluent from its sedimentation ponds to seep into the river during road work.
Sedimentation ponds hold water carrying large amounts of soil and debris. The water is held to allow the soil and debris to settle and become sediment.
Environment Canada said in a statement that $180,000 of the fine would go to the federal government’s Environmental Damages Fund. The fund was created in 1995.
The fund “helps ensure the ‘polluter pays’ principle is applies and that polluters take responsibility for their actions,” said Environment Canada.
On Tuesday, a federally appointed panel released a report on the adequacy of the federal government’s monitoring of pollution caused by the tar sands.
The panel found that the federal government was failing to keep a close watch on tar sands created pollution. The panel called for a beefed-up environmental monitoring system.