'The smell of money' from Domtar not as strong as it once was

By James Peters
March 3, 2018 - 11:41am

KAMLOOPS — It's referred to by some as "the smell of money," and the city's lone pulp mill promises there will be less of it in the years to come.

The Kamloops Domtar pulp mill says it made progress reducing odour in 2017.

According to a report submitted to Kamloops council, Domtar says its instruments have recorded a 70 per cent reduction in sulfur odour since 2012, and it remains well within its permitted limits.

The company says it received 42 odour complaints last year, with ten of them associated to a single February event when an electrical fault caused the mill to briefly lose its major control systems.

Domtar says a newly-constructed bleach plant will come online in May of this year, effectively serving as an air emissions scrubber that does not use sulfur dioxide.

As for particulate emissions, Domtar says it has it reduced its output by 67 per cent since 2011, and is well below the maximum allowed by its environmental permit.

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