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Northern Pulp back in operation after precipitator upgrade


July 1, 2015
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Northern Pulp in Abercrombie Point, N.S., has resumed operation after a one-month shutdown to install a new electrostatic precipitator. The new equipment is necessary to meet the air pollution reductions required by the mill’s new…

Northern Pulp in Abercrombie Point, N.S., has resumed operation after a one-month shutdown to install a new electrostatic precipitator. The new equipment is necessary to meet the air pollution reductions required by the mill’s new operating permits.

“With this precipitator, we have entered a new era of improving the mill’s environmental performance significantly,” general manager Bruce Chapman said in a press release.

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“Northern Pulp now has a progressive owner committed to continue investing in the mill, a dedicated workforce and a client base that continues to grow.”

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment confirmed on June 25 after an inspection of the mill’s new electrostatic precipitator that the mill had met the terms and conditions for startup and commissioning, as outlined in a ministerial order issued May 28, 2015.

The new precipitator is expected to reduce emissions at the mill. Nova Scotia’s DOE states that the commissioning phase, during which the new equipment is fine-tuned, is expected to be finished by Oct. 16. “Once complete, the mill must then comply with the new emissions limit outlined in the 2015 industrial approval, which is almost 80 per cent lower than the old one,” states the DOE release.