April 17, 2006

Catalyst paper to spend $5.5M to upgrade wastewater treatment

POWELL RIVER, BC-Catalyst Paper has announced plans to invest $5.5 million to upgrade the wastewater treatment system at its Powell River paper mill. The mill has worked for several years to reduce the odour produced by its primary clarifier, which is almost as big as a football field and was built to serve a much larger facility. The project is expected to reduce mill odours significantly by converting one of the mill's smaller, secondary clarifiers to replace the primary clarifier. Detailed engineering has begun and the project will be complete in October. "We saw a big drop in odour with the steps we've taken since 2001 and even our closest neighbours noticed the improvement," said environment manager Drew Kilback. "But there are still some days when there is a detectable smell." In the last six years, Catalyst has invested $90 million to improve its environmental performance. In Powell River, this has helped reduce particulate emissions by 99% since 2001 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 90% from 1990 levels. More information is available from Drew Kilback, manager, environment and ISO for Catalyst, 604/483-2850

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