On October 12, 2005 the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) issued a draft Title V Air Permit to the International Paper Company for a test burn of tire-derived-fuel at their Ticonderoga, NY mill.  The NYDEC will hold the official public hearing to take comments on the draft permit on November 9, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.  The NYDEC meetings will be held at the Ticonderoga Armory Community Center located at 123 Champlain Avenue in Ticonderoga, N.Y. 

Over 300 Vermonters filled 8 buses and traveled to Ticonderoga on a cold, wet and dark night to voice their concerns about the IP Tire Burn on November 9, 2005.
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Written public comments must be submitted directly to the NYDEC to the attention of:

Michael J. McMurray,
NYSDEC Region 5 Headquarters
1115 NYS Route 86, P.O. Box 296,
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296

You can e-mail comments to:

(But please follow up with signed, written comments)

Written Comment Period Extended to December 23, 2005

For more information on these proceedings you may contact the NYDEC at (518) 897-1234 or go to their website at:  A copy of the draft permit is available for public review at the Middlebury Town Manager’s Office located at 94 Main Street in Middlebury, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission located at 78 Court Street in Middlebury, the Agency of Natural Resources, Air Pollution Control Division, Building 3 South, 103 South Main Street in Waterbury, VT 05671-0402 and on the NYDEC website at:

In order to facilitate public input on the draft permit from Vermont citizens, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (Agency) has also scheduled a public meeting to take comment on the draft permit from those unable to attend the NYDEC meeting or who prefer to make their comments at this meeting instead.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday November 15, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Middlebury Union Middle School located at 48 Deerfield Lane in Middlebury, Vermont.  Depending on the number of people wishing to speak, oral comments may need to be limited to ensure everyone wishing to speak is provided an opportunity.  The Agency will transcribe the proceedings of the meeting and submit it to the NYDEC as part of the public record but all persons wishing to speak are recommended and highly encouraged to also submit their comments in writing directly to the NYDEC by November 21, 2005 as noted above.  Written Comment Period Extended to December 23, 2005

A third meeting was held in Ticonderoga, NY. This public comment meeting on November 30, 2005 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the same location as the Nov. 9, 2005 meeting was dominated by testimony opposed to the IP Tire Burn;

Background:  International Paper Company (IP) submitted a revised application to the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) on July 6, 2005 requesting approval to conduct a two week test burn of tire-derived-fuel in one of the Ticonderoga Mill boilers.  During the test burn, IP will conduct stack emission testing to determine the level of air pollution emissions.  These stack test results are expected to provide the basis for support of a future application for permanent approval to burn this fuel.  For further information you may contact the Agency at: (802) 241-3840.  Additional information may also be available on the Agency’s webpage at

More about the permit application and tire burn (follow the link for more information)

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

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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