International Paper pushes tire burn forward despite overwhelming opposition from public

The New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) "has made a TENTATIVE DETERMINATION to issue IP a modified draft permit" to test burn tires. All of Vermont including Governor Douglas and the Vermont Dept of Env. Cons. is opposed to IP burning tires without an ESP. An unsafe test burn of tires is irresponsible.The comment period is over and we are now awaiting the response to our comments by the NYDEC. We are also awaiting further action that will be undertaken by the Vermont Attorney General's Office.

Insist the NYDEC and EPA STOP THIS UNSAFE TEST. Tires cannot be burned without an ESP to catch cancer causing particulates. Insist that Gov. Douglas have the Vermont Attorney General take legal action and require IP to install an ESP before any test burn of tires takes place!

OVER 300 VERMONTERS TURNED OUT FOR NOV. 15th PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING--ALL BUT ONE SPEAKER WAS OPPOSED TO THE IP TIRE BURN!!! Those opposed included Governor James Douglas, Senator James Jeffords, Senator Patrick Leahy, Representative Bernie Sanders. The Vermont Department of Health, parents of children with Asthma, The Vermont Lung Association and countless others. Support them and continue to watch for developments or contact the NYDEC below to find out what is happening.

For information on the NYDEC response to our comments:

Michael J. McMurray
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Permits

1115 Route 86

P.O. Box 296

Ray Brook, New York 12977-0296


Children breathe 50% more air than adults per pound of body weight. Because children's respiratory systems are still developing, they are more susceptible to environmental threats. Exposure to fine particles is associated with increased childhood illnesses, which is of concern both in the short run, and for the future development of their lungs.


Demand that IP test for Fine Particulates. PM 2.5 particulates have been proven to be more hazardous that larger PM 10 particulates. IP's permit has no modeling for PM 2.5 particulates, and they will not they test for these even though the high level of zinc of tires will cause a dramatic increase in PM 2.5 particutlates.

Lake Champlain Threatened - Burning tires will release large levels of zinc. Zinc will flow from IP's wastewater plant and into Lake Champlain. Zinc has been shown to be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Demand that a Water Permit be required before the test burn of tires takes place! (Only an air permit is being considered for the test burn).

High levels of zinc oxide emitted from burning tires will exceed Vermont's annual toxic exposure standard for this compound (currently proposed) Urge legislators to move quickly on standards recommended by the Vermont Health Department. Urge the Vermont Attorney General's office to action.

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International Paper proposes to burn 72 tons of shredded tires a day in a plant lacking the pollution control devices the EPA recommends to safely burn tires. International Paper Company's own application to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to conduct a test burn of tires at the Ticonderoga plant states that burning tires will increase emissions of toxic metals from the plant including (chromium, arsenic, zinc, barium, cobalt, copper, iron, aluminum, manganese and vanadium). International Paper Company of Ticonderoga is already the regions largest polluter emitting over 600,000 pounds of toxic emissions a year.

Why burning tires for fuel is unsafe (follow the link for more information)

International Paper Company's Permit Application was Originally Found Incomplete!
Nothing has changed in the revised application that will make burning tires safer!

On February 1, 2005 International Paper Company (IP) filed an application for a permit to conduct a 2-week test burn of tire derived fuel. On March 10, 2005 the NYDEC found the IP permit application to be incomplete and returned the application to IP. IP resubmitted their application July 6, 2005. On October 12, 2005 The NYDEC found IP's application complete even though the permit contains many flaws and confusing data and does not address the serious health risks to the public of burning tires without an ESP. The comment period has ended, but please watch as this develops over the coming months.

Follow the TAKE ACTION link and write Commissioner Sheehan of the NYDEC, Governor Pataki of New York and Governor Douglas of Vermont. A permit to burn tires in a facility that lacks an Electrostatic precipitator (ESP) is a permit to pollute!


International Paper Company of Ticonderoga, NY has a long history (click here to see IP's environmental track record) of being the largest polluter of Lake Champlain, the Champlain Valley and Vermont.

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