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Deadline extension available

Individual Canadian pulp and paper producers may be given more time to meet amendments to regulations under the federal Fisheries Act.

The amendments, effective immediately upon their publication in the Canada Gazette later this year, set new limits on effluent discharges. They establish new procedures for effluent measurement and, for the first time, make all mills in Canada, new and old, subject to regulations governing the discharge of suspended solids and oxygen-depleting substances.

A compliance extension of up to two years, to Dec. 31 1993, may be granted to mills on an individual basis if additional time is required, for example, to install the equipment required to comply with the amendments.

To receive an extension beyond Dec. 31 1993 a company must demonstrate that all reasonable efforts to comply have been made. As well, the extension would be subject to both public consultation and ministerial approval.

Full compliance with other regulatory reforms under the Canadian Environment Protection Act, requiring pulp mills to virtually eliminate dioxins and furans from the effluent, must be achieved by 1994. There is no provision for a mill to receive an extension of this deadline.

A further regulation under the Environmental Protection Act will require mills to immediately cease buying defoamers and woodchips that cause dioxins and furans to be formed. Over the last two years the pulp and paper industry has moved in advance of the regulations by eliminating the use of woodchips contaminated with pentachlorophenol and by using a reformulated defoamer free of dioxin precursers. A number of mills, including E.B. Eddy in Espanola, Boise Cascade in Fort Frances and James River Marathon in Marathon, have also introduced chlorine dioxide substitution programs to reduce chlorine use.

The Canadian Pulp and Paper Association estimates that the industry will spend $1 billion this year and $1.2 billion in 1992 on environment-related projects.

It has suggested that extensions will be needed to comply with the reforms under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act because of the time required to design control systems and because of a possible shortage of necessary equipment and engineers.
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Title Annotation:Report on Forestry; pulp and paper producers given more time to meet amendments to regulations under the federal Fisheries Act
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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