Quesnel River Pulp Air Quality Report 2012

General 5.2.1

Past 12 months

QRP expanded our H2S monitoring equipment by purchasing additional portable Oda-loggers that collect data at 5 minute intervals from areas of concern. We have also purchased one portable oda-logger that transmits information remotely through the wireless network. We’ve been using the data collected to improve our shutdown planning and minimize site odour in general. – Good success

Next 12 months

After our annual permit inspection, QRP was been requested by the MoE to compare the engineered specs of our cyclones with the actual or estimated flow to ensure effective treatment. This work is underway.

Longer term

QRP is investigating moving from land application of waste biomass, to combustion. The mill is looking into installing additional equipment to press the material prior to transporting it to a local energy system. This is still in the planning phase and we are working with the MoE to assess air quality impacts to ensure combustion systems stay within permit limits for emissions. The fuel would not be additional. It would displace fuel being hauled from long distances.

QRP is also investigating installation of low consistency refiners to reduce electrical energy consumption and steam separators to retain heat and fiber in the mill process and reduce natural gas consumption

Permitted Operations 5.2.2

Past 12 months

QRP met all the requirements of our Air Quality Permit for the prior year.

Mitigation of Dust from Paved and Unpaved Sources 5.2.3

Past 12 months

QRP undertook early spring sweeping through the parking area and entry road as there was an unusually high accumulation of  traction material this winter.

Next 12 months

As usual dust suppression for unpaved areas will be undertaken in early summer depending on conditions.

Longer term

Since the WF log storage has been located adjacent to QRP property the haul road connecting to Brownmiller road has become much muddier and dustier during break-up. It will be important to keep the paved area swept as the weather warms and dry conditions begin.