Pulp Mills and the Environment: an Annotated Bibliography for Nothern Alberta

R. G. Holmberg

Published jointly by:
Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta
Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Environmental Research and Study Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


The following is an annotated list of books, technical reports and periodical articles related to the development and operation of pulp and paper mills in northern Alberta. The purpose of this work is to encourage members of the public to learn about these industries and their effects on the environment. I hope that readers of the materials listed in this bibliography will become better informed and will help influence the decisions being made in these industrial developments.

The nearly 350 references are grouped into 16 categories. The categories and the items in each category are listed alphabetically. Each category has some very general as well as some very technical materials. Hence, readers should be able to find something at an introductory level before they attempt to understand the more complex materials. As some materials may fit into more than one of the categories, the titles of some categories include references to other categories.

Some materials on pesticides and heavy metals (such as mercury) are included because their behaviour in ecosystems is similar to some waste chemicals of pulp and paper mills.

Air Pollution - air quality around pulp mills, and general measurement and abatement techniques

Chemistry - introductory as well as very technical materials

Economics - environmental, community and industrial

Environment - general materials

Environmental Impact Assessments - procedures, examples and suggestions about how to improve the process

Fish Toxicology - studies on effluent effects on fish

Forestry - caring for forests and planting trees

Human Health - worker and resident health aspects of environmental pollution

Legal - legal requirements and procedures

Logging - trees cutting and related regulations

Monitoring - monitoring mills and their effluents

Planning - for the future, including accidents

Pulp and Paper Mills - general aspects of design and operation

Waste Management - techniques and problems

Water Pollution - effluent problems and solutions

Water: Rivers and Lakes - quality and management

Most of the materials listed were published after 1980. At least 90% of the materials are available in each of the following three libraries. All are available in at least one of these libraries.

Alberta Environment Library
14th Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2J6
[Telephone: (780) 427-5870]

Athabasca University Library
Athabasca University
Athabasca, Alberta
T9S 3A3
[Telephone: (780) 675-6254]

Cameron Library
University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2J8
[Telephone: (780) 492-4174]

For legal materials, readers could also consult the library of the Environmental Law Centre, at
201 10350 - 124 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5N 3V9
[Telephone: (780) 482-4891]

Government publications are often available both as paper materials as well as on microfiche (photographs condensed onto film that are read on a special reader). Microfiche materials are indicated by their \s11MICROLOG numbers.


This bibliography was compiled from computer searches of the Scitech Database (based on three Alberta Government Libraries: Alberta Environment, Alberta Agriculture and Alberta Research Council)and the holdings of the libraries of Athabasca University and the Environmental Law Centre.

I thank the many people, especially the staffs of the libraries mentioned above and members of Friends of the Athabasca Environmental Association, who contributed considerable time and effort to help make this information available to the public.

Robert Holmberg
Centre of Science
Athabasca University
Athabasca, Alberta T9S 3A3

Science Outreach Athabasca - September 27, 2012

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