PEARL RIVER — A company that owned a Bogalusa paper mill has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an August 2011 spill of pulp byproducts into the Pearl River that killed more than 500,000 fish.
Austin, Texas-based Temple Inland faces a maximum fine of $200,000 for its guilty plea to violating the Clean Water Act. The company faces additional fines for pleading guilty to violating the Refuge Act.
Sentencing is set for May 1.
Prosecutors say a clogged piece of equipment caused pollutants to overflow from a tank, ultimately flowing into the Pearl River before the facility was shut down.
The pollutants killed fish in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Slidell.