Abitibi clears the dust
September 6, 2005 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Abitibi-Consolidated has initiated a project that will attempt to reduce the amount of dust it emits into the town …
Abitibi-Consolidated has initiated a project that will attempt to reduce the amount of dust it emits into the town of Fort Frances, the Fort Frances Times Online has reported. A large chip pile that sits on the mill’s property sends large amounts of dust flying into the air when chips are dropped onto it from several chutes.
According to the Fort Frances Times Online, the project entailed the installation of four large nets that stand roughly 20 feet high and five feet wide, placed side-by-side on top of a fence that houses the pile. A bucket has been placed on the other side of the fence to capture the dust and to measure the amount that goes in. The story further reported that the four panels were effective in reducing the amount of dust in that area by 10%. On the basis of those results, the company invested $50,000 to expand the project. Nets now flank the whole north side of the pile.
The company hopes to reduce the amount of dust emitted by a further 10%.
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