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Charges laid in Lemon Creek fuel spill

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Three years after a tanker truck spilled jet fuel into Lemon Creek prosecutors have approved charges.

Eight counts have been laid against Executive Flight Centre, its driver, and the BC government.

This after a truck took a wrong turn onto a logging road and overturned spilling 33,000 litres of fuel.

It entered Lemon Creek and then the Slocan, Kootenay, and Columbia rivers resulting in a mass evacuation and orders not to swim in or drink from those bodies of water.

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Six of the charges laid Friday are under the Environmental Management Act and the rest under the Fisheries Act.

A first court appearance is set for Sept. 13 in Nelson.

The charges come after Slocan Valley resident Marilyn Burgoon launched a private prosecution.

The federal government subsequently took over the case and stayed her charges but on Friday laid its own.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada declined an interview request.

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