Environmental Emergency (E2) Information
At the core of our operating principles is the well-being of the communities in which we live and work, which is supported by a comprehensive emergency management program at the Edmundston Pulp Mill.
Our team is committed to doing the things needed to keep our families and neighbors safe including conducting regular emergency drills, working with the local fire department, establishing preventative incident investigation procedures, dedicating the resources for a 24/7 on-call emergency response team, committing to ongoing equipment maintenance and risk management, and providing employees and contractors are trained in the areas of environment, health and safety
As regulations change, so do we. In 2019, the Federal Government updated its Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations, which means changes for us in how and how often we communicate with the public about aspects of our operations. We know, from past challenges the past, the importance of transparent communication with our neighbors.
E2 Regulation and the Edmundston Pulp Mill
The E2 regulation was established in 2003 to ensure Canadians are prepared to respond to potential environmental emergencies. The government created a list of 249 substances that have potential risks. Anyone that owns or manages anything on the list must make the public aware and educate individuals as to how to respond in an emergency situation. Additionally, those individuals/organizations must have an E2 plan that is implemented, updated, and tested annually, and of course, proactively report an emergency.
For the past 60 years, we have used chlorine dioxide, sodium chlorate, hydrogen peroxide, and fuel oil #6. These chemicals are commonly used in the pulp making process and are managed by rigorous process safety management plans that incorporate state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems to supervise their usage.
We have always worked closely with the Town of Edmundston, and are proud of our legacy of compliance with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal regulations and will continue to adapt to changing regulations.
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