Clean Air Remains a Focus of Regulatory and Public Concern.
Air emissions from pulp and paper mills have the potential to influence air quality in the community. A joint report from Environment Canada and the Forest Products Association of Canada states that there is scientific evidence that points to health risks associated with fine particulate matter, which is a pollutant released from the pulp and paper industry’s combustion sources. Managing the issue requires a detailed knowledge of the emissions and their potential impact on the community. Toward this end, Paprican has been conducting both stack sampling and ambient monitoring campaigns in a number of mill towns to investigate the potential impact of mill emissions on ambient fine particulate matter. Through this research, it will be possible to determine the influence of mill releases on air quality, as well as identify the key mill sources which should be targeted for future improvements, and make judicious capital investments.