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Irving captures NSERC award


October 26, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) presented its annual awards for excellence in innovat…

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) presented its annual awards for excellence in innovation at an awards ceremony in Halifax on October 19th.

Six partnerships were singled out for national prizes, one of which was shared between the University of New Brunswick, Irving Pulp and Paper and Environment Canada’s National Water Research Institute. The trio was honoured for world leadership in pinpointing the source of pulp and paper mill compounds that cause reproductive changes in fish, and in validating a reliable technological remedy.

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The acknowledgement that living downstream of a pulp and paper mill may not be healthy for fish prompted the study, which culminated in the development of a new mill effluent treatment system based on reverse osmosis.

The technology, which was recently applied to a pulp mill, has proven to be the best solution for removing EDSs and preserving the kind of natural aquatic environments needed for reproductively healthy fish.


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