Edmundston’s Twin Rivers pulp and paper mill has issued a public apology for five chlorine dioxide gas leaks over the last five months.
EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Edmundston’s Twin Rivers pulp and paper mill has issued a public apology for five chlorine dioxide gas leaks over the last five months. The apology came the weekend of Oct. 15-16 by way of a full-page ad in a local newspaper, CBC’s Matthew Bingley reported.
The leaks, which started in June, released chlorine dioxide, a chemical used to bleach pulp. Though the company said there were no health risks, the leaks spurred some public concern.
CBC News reported Twin Rivers put a full-page apology advertisement in Saturday’s Info Week-End offering “sincere apologies for the anxiety and concerns” the incidents caused the public, and pledging better communication in the future. Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard had been meeting with the company since the leaks began and was pleased to see the apology in print, said the CBC.
The gas leaks were accidental, and related to mechanical failures following power outages, the CBC report indicated. One leak happened in June, with four others in late August and early September.
Twin Rivers Operations Manager Roland Leger told the CBC the company had determined a faulty steam educator was the cause of the leaks, and a replacement is on order, though it will take until approximately December to arrive as it has to be custom made.
Meanwhile, Twin Rivers officials have planned to be at Tuesday’s city council meeting, and the company has arranged a community open house at the Edmundston Sheraton on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 19, though the time was unspecified.
Watch Fiddlehead Focus / St. John Valley Times for updates.