Professional Engineers of Ontario is hosting a presentation entitled “From Wood to Water – A Look at Environmental Issues & Solutions in the Pulp and Paper Industry” on Aug. 27. The speaker is Dr. Craig Milestone, a research scientist with broad experience using chemistry to help solve engineering and environmental problems. He originally hails from Wellington, New Zealand, and completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, focusing on the environmental impact of pulp and paper wastewaters. He is currently a research associate at Environment Canada and Wilfrid Laurier University trying to redefine what is considered “waste” by adding value to individual components that can be removed and purified, while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact.
His presentation will take a quick tour of papermaking, focusing on water and its treatment, and look at some of the environmental issues that have been dealt with in the past (such as solids and nutrient management, toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans). While upgrades to industry processes have now dealt with many of these, others issues still remain, says Milestone. His speech will then focus on two issues that are facing the industry now: the effects on reproduction of fish, and effluent colour.
The event will be presented at London Pub, 9724 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON, on Tuesday, August 27, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
To register, please go to www.eventbrite.ca and search for “Wood to Water” or PEO York Chapter.