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N.B. potato processor faces environmental charges

A potato processor in western New Brunswick is due in provincial court in Woodstock Tuesday to face three charges of environmental violations.

New Brunswick’s environment department said in a release Friday that it alleges HSF Foods of Centreville, about 120 km northwest of Fredericton, “failed to comply” on June 4 last year with a term or condition of its water quality approval to build and operate its plant.

The department also alleged HSF on June 4 last year “released a contaminant or a class of contaminant into the environment in violation of the Clean Environment Act.”

The province didn’t specify Friday what term or condition was allegedly violated or what contaminant was allegedly released.

HSF, which launched operations under the ownership of local potato grower Ben Brake in late 2006, makes potato flakes for use in such foods as instant mashed potatoes, potato chips, crackers and flour.

The department also alleges that on July 23 last year, Brake “obstructed or hindered a departmental inspector in the carrying out of his duties under the Clean Environment Act.”

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