Paper Excellence says equipment failure led to discharges, $25,000 fine

By Robert Barron
The Parksville Qualicum Beach News
January 24, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Paper Excellence, which owns Crofton’s Catalyst mill, acknowledged that equipment failure at the mill led to the discharge of more than one million litres of waste water into the ocean in two instances in 2021. But in a statement, Paper Excellence said that while the mill, which is one of the Municipality of North Cowichan’s biggest taxpayers, has a good environmental record, from time to time unforeseeable equipment problems occur. …In the first incident, Catalyst discharged up to one million litres of effluent, storm water and seawater into the ocean. Paper Excellence said an expansion joint failed without warning, resulting in untreated effluent discharging first into a foreshore pond system, and then overflowing into the Salish Sea. In the second incident, Catalyst discharged another approximately 6,000 litres of effluent into the ocean. Paper Excellence said the cause of that discharge was the failure of a four-year-old leachate/storm water pump…

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