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It has been more than two years since the January and April 2012 explosions that destroyed the Babine and Lakeland sawmills in central British Columbia, tragically killing four workers, injuring forty-four more, and putting hundreds out of work.

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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) held a successful combustible dust workshop in Prince George on July 23. As a follow-up, WorkSafeBC – with the support of WPAC – is providing a training seminar for preventing fires and explosions in wood pellet plants. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will present the training.

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On July 23, 2014, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) hosted a workshop in Prince George devoted to the issue of combustible dust. The thirty-two participants included representatives of all of WPAC’s BC producing members as well as WorkSafeBC (WSBC). The workshop objectives were to improve the pellet industry’s collective knowledge about combustible dust (CD) management, to hear the results of WSBC’s Phase IV dust inspections, and to learn about WSBC’s new combustible dust policy.

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The Argus Biomass Trading Conference in London, England, held annually in April, has gained a reputation as one of the “must-attend” gatherings of international power utilities, traders, ports, terminals, ocean shippers, pellet producers, equipment manufacturers and other sectors of the international wood pellet industry. This year’s event lived up to its billing. About 15 WPAC members made the trip to London.

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The European Union Emissions Trading System is the largest multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world. So how is this relevant to wood pellets? The short answer is that it is meant to make coal too expensive for power generators. Well then, how well is it working?

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