Temple-Inland faces federal criminal investigation over August spill that killed thousands of fish in the Pearl River south of its Bogalusa, Louisiana, paper mill

Sandy Yang

Sandy Yang

Dec 15, 2011 – Associated Press

NEW YORK , December 15, 2011 () – Temple-Inland Inc. 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.

International Paper Co. is buying Temple-Inland for $3.7 billion.

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