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Howe Sound

Located on the western side of Howe Sound, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper is one of the oldest operating mills in the province. Commissioned in 1909, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper plays a key role in the history of the Sunshine Coast. Generations of families who were first attracted to the area by mill jobs, stayed and have made the Coast their home. The Paper Excellence Howe Sound Pulp and Paper facility is a leading producer of high quality Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulps. These pulps are used by customers worldwide to make a wide variety of products from tissue and paper towels to fine writing paper.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Kraft Digester, bleach plant and utility island
  • NBSK Pulp: 455,000 tonnes per year
  • Deep-sea port facility for economic access to Pacific Rim economies
  • Self-generated green power export to BC’s grid
  • Coastal BC fibre supply dominated by sawmill residual chips and pulp logs
  • 380 full time employees
  • 1,500 indirect jobs in British Columbia
  • $350 million direct economic contribution
  • Local property taxation of $1.5 million annually
  • ISO 14001 environmental management system certified
  • 91% of HSPP’s energy comes from renewable sources with 46% reduction in greenhouse gases since 1990
  • 92% of HSPP’s power use is self-generated green electricity
  • 100% of HSPP’s wood fibre is low risk using the FSC risk assessment process
  • Certified to FSC Controlled Wood; FSC®PEFC™ and SFI® Chain of Custody standards1.
  • Strictest emission standards on the BC coast
  • Robust health and safety program to help protect employees
  • Local sponsorship and donation program that supports important aspects of the Sunshine Coast community
  • Mill scholarship programs for post-graduation students
  • Howe Sound employee’s endowment fund for charitable organizations focused on health and wellness
  • Fire and emergency mutual aid community participant

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Kraft Digester, bleach plant and utility island
  • NBSK Pulp: 455,000 tonnes per year
  • Deep-sea port facility for economic access to Pacific Rim economies
  • Self-generated green power export to BC’s grid
  • Coastal BC fibre supply dominated by sawmill residual chips and pulp logs
  • 380 full time employees
  • 1,500 indirect jobs in British Columbia
  • $350 million direct economic contribution
  • Local property taxation of $1.5 million annually
  • ISO 14001 environmental management system certified
  • 91% of HSPP’s energy comes from renewable sources with 46% reduction in greenhouse gases since 1990
  • 92% of HSPP’s power use is self-generated green electricity
  • 100% of HSPP’s wood fibre is low risk using the FSC risk assessment process
  • Certified to FSC Controlled Wood; FSC®PEFC™ and SFI® Chain of Custody standards1.
  • Strictest emission standards on the BC coast
  • Robust health and safety program to help protect employees
  • Local sponsorship and donation program that supports important aspects of the Sunshine Coast community
  • Mill scholarship programs for post-graduation students
  • Howe Sound employee’s endowment fund for charitable organizations focused on health and wellness
  • Fire and emergency mutual aid community participant

 HOWE SOUND MILL PROFILE 

 Howe Sound Pulp and Paper is one of the finest, most efficient paper and kraft pulp producers in the world. We invite you to share in our past accomplishments and future success. 

 AIR QUALITY MONITORING 

 Howe Sound Pulp and Paper maintains an ambient air monitoring station 10 km south of the mill (close to the Langdale Ferry Terminal). This station measures the concentrations in the local atmosphere of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5) and total reduced sulphur (TRS – the odorous gases created in the Kraft process). This data is then sent by modem to the mill and to the Ministry of Environment. 

Air Quality Monitoring
  • Follow the link below to access current air quality data at Langdale, from the Ministry of Environment website. 
  • Click on “All Station Data”.
  • Zoom in to locate Langdale Elementary and select to get current readings.
  • Click on Langdale Elementary to get current readings. 
  • Click on any of those readings to get a graph for the last 24 hours. 
BC AIR QUALITY

 WESTCOAST CHIP PLANT 

 Located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, West Coast Cellufibre has been in operation since 1969 and the chip plant was built in 1985. 

The plant’s log chipper will consume a 43” diameter log in a matter of seconds and is among the largest whole log chippers in North America. West Coast Chip Plant supplies Howe Sound Pulp and Paper with much of its overall chip needs and provides hog fuel to the power boiler. 

  • The chip plant was built in 1985 and boasts one of the largest whole log chippers in North America. The chipper disk is 153 inches in diameter and will consume a 43” diameter log in a matter of seconds. 
  • Westcoast Chip Plant operates on three shifts and employs about 35 staff and union personnel at the site. Under these conditions the chip plant can consume approximately 900,000m3 of pulp logs. The Fraser River serves as the transportation corridor as all logs delivered to the site arrive via water transportation. These chips are moved via barge to one of three paper excellence coastal pulp and paper facilities. West Coast Cellufibre also serves as a reload receiving chips and hog from local mills on truck to be transloaded onto barges. 
  • The hog fuel created from chipping is also barged to one of the three coastal mills to be consumed in the power boiler. 

DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS

Below are links to the major regulatory permits relating to discharges to the environment at Howe Sound Mill.

Attachment Size
Air Permit PA-3095 12.42 kb
Effluent Permit-1149 1.16 mb
Landfill Permit-13845 1.37 mb
Howe Sound E2 Communication Notice 49.46 kb
ISO 9001:2015 (Expiry Sept. 13, 2024) 53.03 kb
ISO 14001:2015 (Expiry Sept. 13, 2024) 31.77 kb

If you are a contractor coming onsite to work, please review and familiarize yourself with the programs and processes at Howe Sound.

Attachment Size
HSPP Contractor Safety Manual 86.12 kb
Appendix A – Lockout 1.48 mb
Appendix B – Hot Work Permit 3.65 mb
Appendix C – Contractor PPE 20.03 kb
Appendix D – Respiratory Protection 96.08 kb
Appendix E – Confined Space 70.47 kb
Contractor Glove Selection Guide 83.78 kb

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