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February 21, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Canadian pulp and paper companies have communicated their intent to ameliorate air quality at their mills. Working…

Canadian pulp and paper companies have communicated their intent to ameliorate air quality at their mills. Working alongside the federal government and environmental groups, mills have confirmed they will create a 10-year plan to improve air quality, particularly in the 350 small communities across Canada where pulp and paper facilities are present as a predominant employer.

President of the Forest Products Association Avrim Lazar has acknowledged at PaperWeek 2005 that considering the pressures the industry is currently under, investing in further pollution reduction equipment isn’t as viable as it could be. "The single biggest predictor of bad health is losing your job," he said. "We haven’t got a choice between clean air and jobs."

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However, despite the significant progress the industry has made in the past decade to 15 years in terms of reducing pollution, there remains much work to accomplish. Assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada Barry Stemshorn confirmed, "a lot more needs to be done, especially for air pollution."


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