Nova Scotia Forestry Transition Team Member Says Northern Pulp Examines Putting Mill in 'Hot Idle' Mode
Robin Wilber, president of the Elmsdale Lumber Company and recently named to the province's forestry transition team, met with some members of Northern Pulp's executive team and says they are interested in putting the mill into a hot idle process.
Jan. 7, 2020 (Global News) - A prominent member of the forestry industry and newly appointed member of the Nova Scotia forestry transition team says Northern Pulp management is considering its options when it comes to operating in a hot idle when the mill closes at the end of the month.
Robin Wilber, president of the Elmsdale Lumber Company, was named to the province's forestry transition team Friday along with a handful of others from the industry.
Earlier that week, Wilber said he met with some members of Northern Pulp's executive team and says they are interested in putting the factory into a hot idle process, ensuring the factory and its expansive piping system remain in working order.
“They will shut down at the end of January, and they would like to put it on hot idle,” said Wilber.
“So maybe in the future, they could continue its work with the environmental assessment and eventually maybe restart.”
Representatives from Northern Pulp didn't respond to interview requests on Monday.
As for the hot idle process, Wilber said it would continue to run hot water through the boiler system in order to keep the piping from freezing during the cold winter.
“It's complicated for the everyday person to understand it,” he said, “but go to Florida and shut your furnace off for the winter and you'll come home to a ruined house.”
Wilber said it would just be hot water running through the system and into the Boat Harbour basin, where the mill has been dumping the factory's contaminated wastewater for more than 50 years.
Critics, however, say otherwise.
Jill Graham-Scanlan, president of advocacy group Friends of the Northumberland Strait, says the hot water running through the boiler system is still effluent.
From a legal perspective, she says, Northern Pulp wouldn't be allowed to put the factory into a hot idle, as per the Boat Harbour Act.
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