A B.C. Environment air quality meteorologist says his office hasn't had any complaints about pulp-mill-type odours being bad in Brocklehurst this summer.
But The Daily News has received a couple of recent complaints and asked Ralph Adams on Friday about the issue.
He said the last year or so has had the lowest number of complaints about odour from the mill in ages.
The ministry has odour-detecting equipment in Brocklehurst and on the Federal Building downtown, which respectively have recorded six and five hours where the smell surpassed a five-parts-per-billion point so far this year.
In the past several years, the number of hours has been around 15 to 20, with the exception of 2010, when it reached 74 hours. In comparison, in 2000, odours surpassed five parts per billion for 230 hours in Brocklehurst.
"We are at a point where we're at very low values," he said.
However, the City is also working on its sewage treatment plant in the same area of Mission Flats across from Brocklehurst and the airport. Adams said it can be difficult to differentiate between the two sources.
Still, the measuring equipment can't tell the difference, either, and it hasn't counted a lot of bad days.
City utility services manager Mike Firlotte said the only construction being done on the sewage treatment system this summer was on the administration building. Nothing different was done in terms of treating the sewage.
Adams said changes at the pulp mill have resulted in an improvement in the emissions. The biggest change was last October's shutdown of the number one recovery boiler. Last spring's closure of the A line had a small impact on emissions.
Adams said complaints are tracked and recorded as well as referred to Domtar. But there haven't been any indicators of odour problems this year.
"We do not have any evidence it's worse this summer," he said.
However, Domtar's main stack plume isn't floating as high as it used to. There's been less going into the boiler because of the shutdown of the recovery boiler, so there's also less coming out of the stack.