Domtar's Kamloops, British Columbia, pulp mill discharging 158 milligrams of particulate matter, well below Ministry of Environment's 200 milligram limit, 'on track' to reducing them further

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia , May 13, 2011 () – It may not be easy to spot from the naked eye, but the air around the Domtar mill is getting cleaner.

Results of emission tests from the first quarter of 2011 showed Domtar is not only in compliance with its new air-quality permit, but the mill is also ahead of next year’s reductions.

According to emission tests, which were provided by Domtar and submitted to Ministry of Environment (MOE), the mill is discharging 158 milligrams of particulate matter, well below the 200 milligrams allowed under its new permit.

“We’re pleased we’re in compliance with that plan and we’re on track to reducing those emissions,” said Bonny Skene, the public affairs manager for Domtar.

As part of an amended permit handed out by the MOE in 2009, the mill is subject to emissions testing every three months.

Domtar had until the end of March to complete its first official test under the new permit.

After receiving a $57-million boost from the federal government for its black-liquor credit last spring, the MOE sped up the requirements to meet the amended air-quality permit several years sooner than originally ordered.

Black liquor is the spent cooking liquor left over from the kraft process when digesting pulpwood into paper pulp.

It can be used as an energy source or fuel.

By 2012, particulate must be reduced to a further 180 milligrams, a full year earlier than the amended permit intended.

By 2013, the two proposed double power-boiler stacks must be in place, with a 50-milligram limit.

Domtar had been given until 2016 to meet the requirement.

Finally, the high-elevation stack must drop its emissions to 90 milligrams by 2014, completing all the work required two years earlier.

The mill started last summer to make sure it meets the new schedule, which included work on its recovery boiler during a major shutdown.

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