JD Irving pleads not guilty to charges of illegal dumping in St. John River

(CP) - J-D Irving has pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of illegal dumping in New Brunswick's St. John River.

The dumping is alleged to have occurred at the Irving Pulp and Paper Mill at Reversing Falls in Saint John from June 2014 to last August.

The substance said to have been dumped into the river hasn't been identified, but an Environment Canada spokesman in court today in Saint John says it takes any pollution water discharge into watercourses quite seriously.

A trial date is to be set next month and if the company is found guilty on all charges under the Fisheries Act, it would face a minimum fine of three-million dollars.