Our goal is to minimize those impacts by going beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Our approach is based on continuous improvement and includes implementing environmental management systems (EMS) at our operating facility.
Northern Pulp employs the Elemental Chlorine Free process (ECF) to lighten the pulp and remove the lignin and impurities that remain at the end of the cooking process. This has become the preferred and dominant bleaching system for pulp worldwide, and uses combinations of oxygen, hydrogen peroxide and chlorine dioxide. It replaces elemental chlorine, which was discontinued when it was found to be producing persistent, toxic by-products.
Three key areas in which we monitor performance include: