Fewer complaints about smell, says Domtar

NEWS — Complaints about smell from the pulp mill were “notably fewer” than the previous two years, says an annual air report from Domtar.

The report says the reduction in complaints coincides with “measurable reductions in high stack total reduced sulfur and sulfur dioxide emissions.”

Domtar — what would Kamloops be without it?

Domtar — fewer complaints about smell.

The high stack is the discharge point for emissions from the mill’s chemical recovery boiler and is closely monitored for particular matter, odour and haze, says the report.

It adds that complaints followed a typical trend of increasing during summer months and decreasing during colder winter weather.

“The mill has observed what appears to be a heightened sensitivity by the community to odour, with an increasing number of complaints occurring when measured ambient TRS levels are very low.”

TRS stands for total reduced sulphur.

High stack emissions were in compliance with new, more stringent permit limits throughout the year, the report said, quoting a 67 per cent reduction in discharged particulate since 2010 when the mill invested in several methods of cutting particulate emissions.

The annual air report to Interior Health and the Environment Ministry is a requirement under the mill’s permit. The 2013 permit included reductions in particulate discharge and sulphur dioxide discharge limits.




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5 Comments on Fewer complaints about smell, says Domtar

  1. Our neighbourhood (lower Sahali) smells disgusting right now. A chat with the man answering the phones at Domtar has convinced me that they’re not the cause — their levels are great. Must be the City sewer lagoons. Is there a way to check this, and are there any standards for the City’s lagoons?

    • Mel Rothenburger // May 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM // Reply

      Making some calls to try to find out as you’re not the only one experiencing this. If anyone else knows anything please let us know.

    • Mel Rothenburger // May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM // Reply

      Found out a little bit about it and have just posted a story.

  2. It is still in the sump. I walked out of my front door to attend a meeting last Wednesday around 6 pm and wham, PMS, Pulp Mill Stink. I continued to the meeting which was at a higher elevation where the air was ok.
    How much Chromium 6 are we getting these days across the river from the mill?

  3. Now if they could just get rid of the smog that high pipe spreads down the valley, all the way to Cache Creek, most days.

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