ENVIRONMENT

 

Harmac operates within provincial and federal environmental requirements and has an excellent working relationship with the local regulatory agencies.

  • Over $177 million has been spent on environmental control equipment in the past 20 years. These expenditures have resulted in significantly reduced emissions to air, water and land.
  • There are no mandated environmental improvements required at this time.

 

Public Notification-Environmental Emergency Response

Harmac Pacific has implemented and maintained environmental emergency planning as required under Part 8 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The intent of this notification is to inform the general public of environmental incidents that could potentially result in offsite exposures.

The mill wide investigations have concluded that Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) and Propane are the two chemicals with the potential of impacting areas of immediate vicinity of the mill site. A significant release of either chemical will activate a planned emergency response procedure. The emergency procedure includes on site response by personnel trained to control and contain releases of harmful substances. Our procedure also details the notification of outside emergency response agencies and the immediate notification of our neighbours – residential and business. An up-to-date contact list of our neighbours is maintained to ensure notification.

In 2019 Harmac Pacific installed a Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) liquid containment and vapor suppression system. This system is designed to contain and prevent any large release of Chlorine Dioxide that would impact the surrounding environment.

Harmac Pacific’s propane is supplied by Superior Propane. Superior Propane provides the storage vessels fueling systems. Maintenance and servicing of this equipment is also provided by Superior Propane’s service technicians.

For additional questions please contact 250-722-3211 and ask for Safety or Environmental department.

 

Forestry Certification

 

Harmac Pacific Pulp Operations has a forest certification chain of custody program in place which has been successfully audited to both the FSC® and PEFC® forestry Certification Chain of Custody standards and is now able to offer products manufactured from FSC® Controlled Wood.

 

Licenses and Permits

The following environmental permits and licenses provide for operation of a pulpmill at the Harmac site:

  • Effluent permit - PE-01214
  • Air permit PA - 02708
  • Landfill permit - PR-02205
  • River and well water licenses 109739, 109740, 109741, 109742, 109743

Certified Environmental Management System

Harmac Pacific's Environmental Management System has been certified to the ISO 14001 standard.

Environmental Improvements over the Past 20 Years:

  • Sulphur gas emissions reduced by 90%
  • Particulate emissions reduced by 60%
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 58%
  • Water consumption reduced by 50%

 

 

FSC license code FSC-C102741