Mill evacuated after pump failure


Ian Jacques / Editor
May 22, 2014 12:26 PM

A mechanical failure in a pump to the chlorine dioxide generation system forced an evacuation at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) on Wednesday afternoon.

Company officials said at no time was the public in any danger.

“As a precautionary measure, we did a full mill evacuation at approximately 1:45 p.m.,” said HSPP manager of human resources Richard Demchuk. “Our response team went in and corrected the problem and we gave the all clear at 3 p.m. There were no injuries, and at no time was there ever any danger to the general public.”

Demchuk said all mill employees followed the proper safety procedures and everyone got out of the mill quickly and safely so the response team could deal with the problem as quickly as possible.

“It was a very localized case and localized to the mill itself,” he said. “From our perspective, everyone did what they were supposed to do and our staff were very professional in the evacuation, so we are certainly happy about that.”

He said the shaft of the pump actually broke, which typically doesn’t happen.

“At this point, we don’t know the actual cause. It might have been metal fatigue. It could take us a few weeks to determine that,” he added. 

© Coast Reporter


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Email to a Friend



Are you in favour of the ferry advisory committee's proposal to run smaller, more frequent ferries?

or  view results

Popular Local News