We have been using Blue4est® ever since we opened the Oberkirch store,” explains Harald Menken, the owner of two organic supermarkets: one in Oberkirch and one in Bühl (Baden). This is not the first time that he has thought about how retailers can live up to their sustainability ethos across the board. Blue4est®, a thermal paper from the Koehler Paper Group, helps him to make another aspect of his operations more environmentally friendly. This blueish thermal paper does not contain any chemically reactive components and is the first thermal paper to be approved for direct contact with food. “That’s something I tell my customers,” says Menken. When speaking to them, he realizes that many of them are unaware of the properties exhibited by different kinds of receipt papers. But the distinctive blue color is a great conversation starter. “Customers are always asking why the receipts are blue,” he says. He is happy to take the time to explain, as he regards it as a good thing himself. “I think that it is important for companies – like Koehler – to continue working on certain areas and try to find alternatives for things that harm the environment,” he remarks, alluding to the debate surrounding bisphenol A, which has broken out in the media in connection with some conventional thermal paper. Click read more below for additional detail.
Just weeks before the mill is scheduled to shut down, officials with Northern Pulp have informed the Nova Scotia government they plan to continue with the environmental assessment process for a proposed new effluent treatment facility.
Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said last month the company’s most recent attempt to get approval for the project, which would include treatment on the mill’s property in Pictou County and treated effluent sent to the Northumberland Strait via a pipeline, lacked sufficient scientific information. At the time, Wilson said the project would require an environmental assessment report.
Just days later, Premier Stephen McNeil said he would not extend the deadline in the Boat Harbour Act, legislation that says the mill must stop using the former tidal estuary to treat its effluent as of the end of this month.
The decision effectively spelled the end of the mill and officials have begun the shutdown process. The operation is no longer buying pulpwood, a move that’s had a drastic effect on the forestry sector and value of woodlots, and layoff notices for the mill’s 350 workers are imminent.
Still, according to the 37-page draft terms of reference released by the Environment Department on Wednesday, the company told the government on Jan. 2 it intended to continue with the environmental assessment process, a decision that required the department to release the draft. The public has until Feb. 7 to comment on the document, exactly a week after Boat Harbour is scheduled to stop receiving effluent.
more at source: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/northern-pulp-to-mothball-mill-as-it-continues-with-environmental-assessment-process/ar-BBYMete