DS Smith wins appeal of October 2010 ruling that its St Regis Paper division falsified environmental records for wastewater discharges from a mill it formerly owned in Devon, England

LOS ANGELES , November 8, 2011 () – The U.K. Court of Appeal decided on Nov. 4 in favor of DS Smith Paper Ltd. in its appeal of an October 2010 ruling charging that it falsified records of wastewater discharges from a mill it previously owned in Devon, England, Packaging News reported on Nov. 8.

DS Smith Managing Director Chris Rosser said of the verdict that he was “delighted,” and added that the company aims to continually improve its environmental performance and to maintain its “close-working relationship with the Environment Agency.”

In April, DS Smith was ordered by Exeter Crown Court to pay £162,100 (US$261,293) in fines related to the charges. At the time, St Regis indicated that it had begun stricter oversight of environmental audition and testing procedures, reported Packaging News.

The charges related to the mill’s effluent discharged into the River Culm near Cullompton in Devon, an offense related to the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000.

In September, DS Smith sold the St Regis mill to Malaysia-based Asia File Corporation Bhd for £4.6 million, Packaging News reported.

The primary source of this article is Packaging News, London, England, on Nov. 8, 2011.

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