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New high stack design to reduce impact of Domtar emissions

The high stack at Domtar is getting a makeover to help reduce the impact of emissions.

KAMLOOPS - Though a major project has been delayed by nearly a year, Domtar is well on the way to living up to its promise to reduce emissions by 68 per cent by 2016.

As part of the air permit process Domtar assumed the obligation, through purchasing the mill in 2007, to achieve a 61 per cent reduction by 2013 but following a review in 2009 revised its commitment to reach a 68 per cent reduction in the total boiler particulate emissions by 2016.

Since then the mill has consistently reduced emissions and currently sits at a total reduction of 59 per cent. The company has also invested $35 million in new technology and will be installing a discharge ‘cone’ later this year.

The cone, which will help improve high stack emissions dispersion, was designed and ordered in early 2014 but a typhoon delayed the delivery. It had non-structural repairs completed in Vancouver and is to be delivered this month. The company plans on having it installed in October.

A big reduction in emissions also came in 2013 when the company permanently reduced production by 25 per cent, and 125 employees were let go. The closure of the A-line pulp machine also resulted in an 80 per cent reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions, the main cause of the bad smell from the mill.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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