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VOL. 126 | NO. 245 | Friday, December 16, 2011

Temple-Inland Could Face Criminal Charges for Fish Kill

JEFF AMY | Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Temple-Inland Inc., which Memphis-based International Paper Co. in buying for $3.7 billion, faces a federal criminal investigation over an August spill that killed thousands of fish in the Pearl River south of its Bogalusa, La., paper mill.

A Mississippi official said Wednesday that environmental regulators from Mississippi and Louisiana have spoken repeatedly to federal investigators about the August incident, which left 500,000 dead fish and shellfish in a 45-mile trail to the Pearl River's mouth.

Thursday, Mississippi officials plan to release 3,000 "harvestable-size" catfish into the river near Picayune. They were paid for with part of the $365,000 in fines and restitution that Mississippi has collected from Temple-Inland, of Austin, Texas. It's the first time Mississippi has fined a polluter located in another state. Louisiana has collected $760,000 in civil restitution.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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