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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Forestry

Forest Practices Board report due soon on Balfour slide

Nelson Star
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A Forest Practices Board report due out in the next few weeks will consider whether human error was a factor in a landslide near Balfour nearly two years ago. …The slide came a few years after BC Timber Sales extended a road into the Laird Creek drainage to harvest pine beetle-infested timber, despite concerns from water users about instability and drainage. Residents also felt they weren’t given enough time to review the plans before the roadwork was tendered, so they complained to the Forest Practices Board.

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Is owl cull the only answer?

Kamloops Daily News
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The decision to try to save one owl species in B.C. by killing another is almost certain to ruffle the feathers of some, especially those who have long fought to protect the habitat that supports the now-rare bird. Let’s hope the lethal decision was soundly made. …Perhaps there is now no other means to save spotted owls but to kill off competitors. With less than 12 birds remaining in B.C.’s wilds, the picture looks bleak for the future of the northern spotted owl in this province’s remaining old-growth forests.

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Harper government to grant Northwest Territories province-like powers over resources

Calgary Herald
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – The federal government is on the cusp of ceding control over land, water and resource revenues to the Northwest Territories, a move which would render the territory a de facto province. N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod and his cabinet met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other government officials Wednesday to hammer out the details of an agreement. The agreement, which McLeod told CTV on Wednesday is “very close” to completion, will transfer responsibility for managing public land, water and resources to the territory from the federal government.

Ottawa ready to cede new powers to Northwest Territories from the Globe and Mail

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Langley Township opts to save more than half of small forest

January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY – Langley Township has voted to save more than half of a small forest in Glen Valley. But people fighting to keep the entire stand of 80-year-old trees are disappointed. The township will keep the property along 257A Street, totalling 25 acres, but will sell four lots along 260th Street. “We’re halfway successful,” says Councillor Kim Richter, who feels the entire property should have been preserved.

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Liberals in ‘rollover’ mode prior to timber group tour

by Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North
The Province
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to Ben Parfitt’s op-ed about the B.C. Liberals’ intention to introduce legislation to rollover replaceable volume-based timber licences to area-based tenures, the forests minister claims as a “fact” that the legislation stems from a recommendation from the special committee on timber supply that toured B.C. last summer. That is pure fiction. According to a leaked cabinet document, the “rollover” of volume-based licences to area-based tenures was recommended to cabinet in April as an option to enable the rebuilding of the Burns Lake sawmill – a month before the committee was formed and five months before it made its recommendations public.

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Publish the law

By Ben Parfitt
The Province
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests Minister Steve Thomson takes issue with the “highly speculative” nature of my recent op-ed in which I suggest the provincial government intends to grant cabinet open-ended powers to give forest companies de-facto control of public forest lands. He doesn’t quibble with the fact that legislation is, in fact, coming, but says that government will be open and accountable by “ensuring” that the public is consulted. But will public consultation be enshrined in law?

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Langley Township opts to save more than half of small forest

January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY – Langley Township has voted to save more than half of a small forest in Glen Valley. But people fighting to keep the entire stand of 80-year-old trees are disappointed. The township will keep the property along 257A Street, totalling 25 acres, but will sell four lots along 260th Street. “We’re halfway successful,” says Councillor Kim Richter, who feels the entire property should have been preserved.

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Wildlife advocates say more should have been done to protect owls

Nanaimo Daily News
January 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has undertaken a cull and removal program of barred owls in certain parts of the province in an effort to help a rarer, more vulnerable species of owl, but some Nanaimo wildlife enthusiasts and workers have their doubts. … Ryan Cathers, a local bird watcher and biology undergraduate at Vancouver Island University, said the plight of the northern spotted owl has been years in the making, thanks to clear-cut logging of old-growth forest.

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Nothing sneaky here

by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
The Province
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’m writing in response to Ben Parfitt’s speculative and misleading Jan. 27 op-ed about upcoming proposed forestry legislation.  Here are the facts: On Aug. 15, the bipartisan committee on timber supply released its unanimous report after visiting 15 communities and reviewing over 650 submissions. One of its recommendations was to enable the conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based forest licences. …To reiterate: a public commitment in response to a public report, with public consultation needed before implementation – certainly not sneaky in my books.

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Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island (with video)

The Vancouver Observer
January 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


There is a special feeling that you get when walk through an ancient forest. You feel surrounded by something more ancient and mysterious than the oldest tree in the forest. There is something much deeper going on there—a hidden power simmering just beneath the surface. And in some weird way, you can’t help but feel that the forest is very much aware of your presence.

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Vanderhoof Looking at Community Forest

HQ Prince George
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The District of Vanderhoof hopes to gets a community forest up and running this year. The district is currently looking at possible benefits of a community forest in the Vanderhoof area. Mayor Gerry Thiessen says in the past the district would let industry hold forest licenses. “And they would provide jobs and that would be the benefit to the community, says Thiessen, “we sense at this point that the ministry has changed some of the rules and guidelines.”

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Argument for not allowing clear-cutting of bush lots

Chatham Daily News
January 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Steve Mysik doesn’t think Chatham-Kent needs a tree cutting bylaw. “Everybody talks tree cutting bylaw, I don’t see it,” said Mysik. “We need a woodlot protection bylaw. You want to go in there you want to harvest trees, fine and dandy.” Mysik points out the price for walnut and several other hardwoods are sky high right now and selective logging of local bush makes financial sense. “Do it professionally, but do not change the borders of that bush,” he said. “Sure it won’t be the same bush for the next 15-20 years but it will be the same bush eventually.”

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Award honors two of DNR’s finest forest health program employees

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service presented Aleksandar Dozic and Glenn Kohler their Regional Forester’s 2012 Team Award for Excellence in Safety and Health. This award recognized state and federal employees who work on the forest health cooperative annual aerial survey. Such surveys have been conducted in the Pacific Northwest with the cooperation of state and federal partners since 1948 without a serious accident.

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Pointing the way to pine beetle control, but at what cost?

Dartmouth scientists study pine beetle population dynamics
Summit County Voice
January 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Dartmouth scientists say they may have found a pathway to keeping pine beetles in check, showing that their populations fluctuate between extremes, with no middle ground. …According to the new study, forest managers might be able to keep pine beetle populations at the low end of the scale by boosting competitor and predator beetle populations — but they don’t address how that could affect the overall equilibrium of forest ecosystems, especially those where older trees need a change agent like bark beetles to spur regeneration.

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Oregon Wild sees the importance of timber industry to landscape

Projects that are sustainable and seek to restore natural conditions protect tourism, recreation and logging
Herald and News
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crater Lake, and the wild country that surrounds it, are the crown jewels of Oregon’s public lands. … These lands are the engine which drives Southern Oregon’s tourism and recreation economy, and this is why Oregon Wild believes any plan to log the lands surrounding Crater Lake National Park need to be held to the highest possible standard. An objection to Crater Lake-area logging doesn’t mean we oppose all logging. In fact, we have worked with the Forest Service in the Siuslaw, Deschutes and Malheur National Forests to develop projects which conservationists support.

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Superior urban logging company gets a national TV nod

Duluth News Tribune
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A struggling Superior business is set to be featured on a reality TV show, national exposure its owners said they hope will attract the attention of an investor with a similar passion for old-growth white pine. Old Globe Reclaimed Wood Co., the urban logging company that has been disassembling the Globe grain elevator complex in Superior since 2006, is on this season of the History Channel series “Ax Men.” …We have a pretty compelling story,” said Judy Peres, CEO of Old Globe, the company in which she and her partner David Hozza have invested time, energy and money for years.

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Competing goals apparent in new policy on old forest

Minnesota Public Radio
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Officials at the state Department of Natural Resources are setting aside a 20-year-old forest management policy that delays logging operations on some parcels of land to ensure that up to 15 percent of state forests grow old. At the same time, the DNR officials are placing boreal owls and northern goshawks on a list of species of special concern because of projected habitat loss in that same older forest ecosystem. The conflicting decisions point to competing missions at the DNR, which manages about four million acres of forest.

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NC State to put Hofmann Forest up for sale (with video)

WCTI12.com
January 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC – Danny Shaw says the Hofmann Forest is the crown jewel of the forestry program at North Carolina State University. Now, the university’s College of Natural Resources is trying to put the forest up for sale. The college’s dean, Mary Watzin, says this sale could provide a steadier, and higher income for the college, proving more opportunities for education in the forestry field of study –opportunities like increased scholarship support and funding for research.

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‘No sell-off’ for public forests

BBC News
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government has announced that it will not sell off publicly owned forests in England. It says it will create a new public body that will hold in trust the nation’s forests for future generations. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was responding to a report that called the estate a “national asset” that should not be sold off. He also announced that the policy of selling off 15% of the estate to cover costs would be rescinded.

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Rising demand for timber makes forestry a gold-plated investment

Irish Independent
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“I’m building up a business now and I cannot get over how successful it is.” Rare words to hear in today’s economy, and even rarer to hear them from a farmer. But John Jackson has always ploughed his own furrow, so to speak. Seventeen years ago he did the unthinkable in farming circles when he sold his tillage farm in Donegal to invest the money in forestry. …. Mr Jackson was able to buy five times the amount of land that he originally had by targeting more marginal land at a fraction of the price.

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Minister seeks to protect more forests

ABC News, Australia
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister is progressing plans to expand Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tony Burke has asked the International World Heritage Committee to protect an extra 170,000 hectares of forest, including parts of the Styx, Picton, Weld and Florentine. Mr Burke says the move will ensure the forest peace agreement holds and the forest industry is 100 per cent behind the nomination.

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Company & Business News

Catalyst Paper completes Snowflake mill asset sale

Canada Newswire press release
January 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC,- Catalyst Paper announced today that it has completed the US Court approved sale of the Snowflake assets and shares of Apache Railway. The Hackman Capital-led buyer group purchased the assets of the closed Snowflake facility and the shares of Apache Railway for US$13,460,000 and other non-monetary consideration. The transaction received local support from the Town of Snowflake and other interests, based on the buying group’s intention to continue to operate the Apache Railway as a going concern.

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Forest Industry Launches Greenest Workforce Recruitment Campaign and Internship Contest

Canada Newswire press release
January 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – On Wednesday February 6th, David Lindsay the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) will unveil the GreenestWorkforce initiative, a first-of-its-kind government and industry sponsored national resource and recruitment program for the forest products industry aimed at renewing the industry’s workforce with at least 60,000 new recruits.

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Montreal-based Tembec to sell B.C. mill, cuts Q1 loss 38 per cent on lower sales

Canadian Press
January 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec cut its first-quarter net loss by more than a third to $10 million in the first quarter, despite a six per cent drop in sales, as it reduced a number of costs and prepared to sell a pulp mill in British Columbia. The Montreal-based company said it lost 10 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29, compared to a 16 cents per share loss in the prior year. Adjusting for one-time items, it lost five cents per share.

Click here to read the press release from Tembec

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Norbord shows big profit jump in final quarter of 2012 as U.S. builders rev up

Canadian Press
January 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. says it earned $72 million in 2012, more than half of it in the fourth quarter. The wood panel manufacturer’s net income in the three months ended Dec. 31 was US$38 million — beating analyst estimates by about $1 million. The profit amounted to 86 cents US per basic share or 76 cents per share on a diluted basis.

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Wood Pellet Exports from N. America to Europe Up Over 70%

Wood Resources International press release
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Seattle, USA. Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent, the US South and British Columbia, continued to increase in the 3Q/12 and reached a new record of 860,000 tons. Shipments in the 3Q/12 were over 70 percent higher than the same quarter in 2011, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review, which compiles and publishes pellet trade based on customs data and surveys of pellet exporters each quarter.

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B.C. Liberal VP probed for alleged violation of lobbying rules

Globe and Mail
January 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The vice-president of the B.C. Liberal Party is under investigation for failing to register as a lobbyist before contacting provincial government officials, including Jobs Minister Pat Bell, on behalf of a controversial Chinese investor. The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists in British Columbia said it is investigating whether Bill Belsey violated provincial lobbying regulations by working as an agent for Chinese businessman Ni Ritao and his companies, including Sun Wave Forest Products, the former owner of the Skeena Cellulose pulp mill in Prince Rupert.

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Domtar workers to vote on package

Kamloops Daily News
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A transition plan for Domtar workers facing layoffs will go to a vote by 300 union members on Thursday. “We’ve put forward a proposed offer with respect to an adjustment plan,” said Bonny Skene, spokeswoman for the corporation. “The intent of the plan is to try to minimize the impact on employees.” Dictated by the B.C. Labour Relations Code, the plan applies to workers who are part of a collective agreement with workers signed last October before Domtar announced in December that it planned to shut down its A-line pulp machine.

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Two MDI public meetings this week

Energetic City
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

MDI will be the talk of the town this week, as residents prepare for two public meetings in a row. Peace Valley OSB has applied to use the new resin in the production of its oriented strand boards, and both concerned citizens and the mill itself are holding meetings tonight and tomorrow. …The first meeting is a follow up to a public meeting held in December, when members of the public expressed their worries about past health issues, as well as concerns that they felt they were told MDI would not be used when the plant was originally built.

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Western Forest Products Inc.: Continued Progress on Non-Core Asset Sales

Marketwire press release
January 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Western Forest Products Inc. today announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its former Woodfibre Pulp Mill site for the purchase price of $25.5 million. The site, consisting of 212 acres of industrial waterfront land, is located at the head of Howe Sound, southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. Closing of the sale is subject to certain conditions, and Western will be responsible for satisfactorily remediating the property to applicable environmental standards prior to closing the sale.

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Not for overseas shipment

Letter from Blair Mayes, Dunkley Lumber Ltd.
Prince George Citizen
January 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

We wanted to respond to Rick Berry’s letter of January 19 entitled “Forests being railroaded”. To our knowledge, at this time Dunkley is the only company operating a rail reload for logs in Mackenzie. As Rick points out, because there is a current surplus of timber in the Mackenzie area, we are able to access some of this surplus to provide supply for our mill south of Hixon and help maintain jobs for the 250 people who work for us.

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Thunder Bay-Atikokan to hear ‘great news’ from forestry firm

Resolute Forest Products to make announcements Thursday
CBC News
January 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is set to announce what it’s calling “an important investment” in Thunder Bay. CEO Richard Garneau was expected to hold a news conference later Thursday morning concerning the company’s wood products division. Another announcement was also expected in Atikokan. Mayor Dennis Brown said the pending news involves jobs for his community. He said he knows what it’s about, but for now can only say it is “great news” for Atikokan and area.

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Resolute Announces Construction of Sawmill in Northwestern Ontario

Canada Newswire press release
January 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products today announced the construction of a new sawmill in the area of Atikokan, Ontario. This investment reflects Resolute’s ongoing commitment to the solid wood business and will provide significant economic opportunities for First Nations in the region. The Atikokan project will involve the construction of a single line random length (16 ft) sawmill with an annual capacity of 150 million board feet.

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Profits fall at International Paper

Post Star
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — International Paper saw its bottom line shrink by about 40 percent in 2012 from prior-year profits, in part due to restructuring charges and acquisition costs related to the purchase of a rival paper company. Pricing pressures were also evident among several of the company’s business sectors, including its Printing Papers Division. Net income for the year fell from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $794 million last year, according to a report issued by the company Tuesday.

International Paper ‘not an M&A story’, says CEO from Food Production Daily

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Plum Creek Timber rises on strong 4Q results

Associated Press
January 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Shares of Plum Creek Timber Co. rose in after-hours trading Monday after the company’s fourth-quarter results topped Wall Street forecasts. Net income grew 30 percent in the fourth quarter. The company said its business is benefiting from the recovery in residential construction, as revenue increased at its timber, real estate, and manufacturing businesses. Profits improved at its southern division and the real estate business. Plum Creek shares rose $1.59, or 3.4 percent, to $48.90 in aftermarket trading. The stock closed unchanged at $47.31 in the regular session. It hit a four-year high of $48.26 on Friday.

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Restoring Montana’s legacy of a natural resource economy

by Julia Altemus, Montana Wood Products Association
The Missoulian
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

…What brought folks to Montana in the mid-1800s was the promise of land, minerals and timber. The shortage of good white pine in the Great Lakes states led the logging industry to move west.  …Just like in the early days of our statehood, agriculture, mining and timber still create new wealth, new opportunities and new challenges. It is now up to our state elected officials to realign priorities, solve challenges and provide opportunity for success. Montana’s timber industry is on the cusp of recovery. What happens in Helena over the next 90 days will be followed closely.

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Wood export content at conference features Asian softwood lumber buyers

PR Web
January 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Eighteen Asian softwood lumber buyers have signed on to attend the sixth Small Log Conference in Coeur d’Alene March 13-15. The presence of 15 Chinese and three South Korean lumber importers, most with annual sales of $20 to $75 million, offers a rare opportunity for softwood lumber producers to connect with overseas markets without traveling abroad. …Looking specifically for softwood species such as ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, western cedar and larch, the buyers hope to discover new products and producers from the Inland Northwest, according to Rawlings.

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Widow: Response to York Co. plant death was inadequate

Herald Online
January 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

A contract worker recently killed at the Resolute Forest Products plant in southeastern York County could have been saved had emergency crews reacted quickly, says the attorney representing the family. Samir Storey, 39, died Jan. 22 while cleaning a “fume” tank at the Catawba plant. A “clear, cloudy smoke,” entered the tank, said his cousin, Jermel Storey, who also was working on the job. The smoke triggered emergency alarms, trapping Samir in the tank. …Jessica Storey, Samir’ widow, Jermel, and attorney Christopher Chestnut held a news conference in Charlotte on Tuesday to tell their story

Widow makes serious allegations against paper plant after contractor’s death from WBTV.com
Family of man killed in accident at paper mill plans to file lawsuit from WSOCTV.com

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Lakes group challenges Domtar permit renewal

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
January 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

ROME — A citizens group working to improve the water quality of the Wisconsin River has challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ renewal of a wastewater permit for a local papermaker. The Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards filed a petition against the DNR, saying the agency must consider the impact of phosphorus discharges into the river as well as downstream lakes before renewing permits for Domtar Corp., which operates a paper mill in Nekoosa, according to a PACRS news release.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

$36-million biomass plant coming to Sydney commercial park

Chronicle Herald
January 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. will break ground this summer to build a $36-million biomass plant at Harbourside Commercial Park. …The biomass plant will use a gasification process to create up to 50,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, fertilizer as an end product and methane gas for use in vehicles. …Using the process of pyrolysis, wood products from local producers will be used to create synthesized gas in one unit. Methane gas will be created from agricultural leftovers and green bin waste in another unit.

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