Pollutions & Toxics

Impacts & Issues: Regulation and Enforcement

BC's standards for organochlorine discharges from pulp mills are lower than Sweden, Finland and much of Europe. In addition, pulp mill regulations in BC are far less stringent than US regulations when it comes to air emissions and discharges of other toxic substances. Even so, pulp mills in BC have routinely exceeded their Ministry of Environment pollution permits - with little consequence to the mills.

Learn more:

  • Elk Falls pulp mill; photo by Laurie MacBrideBC Government Repeals Zero Discharge Standard - July 2002

  • The Final Non-Compliance Report? - Nov. 2001

  • Alas, Pulp Pollution is Still With Us – Opinion Editorial, October 17, 2000 (Pulp Pollution Day)

  • Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - BC's Pulp Mills Not Sheepish When It Comes To Breaking the Law - June 23, 2000

  • Proposed Canada-Wide Standard Sanctions Pulp Mill Poisons: BC's coastal mills create one fifth of all the dioxin in Canada - March 27, 2000

  • Highlights of the Decision re: Pacifica Papers Mill (Powell River) - Jan. 2000

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