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Wood pellets are designed to burn – they're made from highly combustible dust that is pressed into pellet form and must be treated with care to prevent this fuel from lighting before it has been added to the boiler.

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The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. And since the UK market is dominated by large power utilities replacing coal with wood pellets to reduce CO2 emissions, its climate change policy is of vital interest to pellet producers.

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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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