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A recent gathering in Quebec of international experts involved with bioenergy research and policy development was held in the hopes of ensuring that Canadian wood pellet producers continue to have access to the European market. According to Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), who attended the event, the meeting was an attempt to find a solution to the impending European prohibition on biomass sourced from primary forests.

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Control Union Canada has announced that it will expand its presence in the Canadian market by opening an operational office in Quebec City in October to serve Eastern Canada. Control Union, headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with an office in Vancouver, plays a key role in the supply chain of getting pellets from Canada to Europe.

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While the potential of the South Korea market remains promising for Canadian pellet producers, in the near-term, development of the market will continue to be slow. This is according to WPAC executive director Gordon Murray, who recently travelled to the Asian country with a group of WPAC members to attend the 3rd Biopellets Asia conference.

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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and the BC Forest Safety Council have finalized a SAFE certification system specific to the pellet industry, a move that was originally announced at the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) 2011 annual conference.

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A new report from WPAC research director Staffan Malin outlines steps that pellet mills can take to assess and minimize the risk of dust explosions in their facility. Published in late August, the detailed report discusses risk assessment, dust sampling and categorization methods, methods to reduce the risk of a dust explosion, and ways to mitigate the effect of an explosion should one occur.

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