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IP Seeks to Renew Title V Air Pollution Permit --
International Paper's Ticonderoga NY mill's Title V Air Pollution Permit is up for renewal. The Title V permit governs the amount of air pollution the plant may produce and must be renewed every five years. The currently pending application to burn tire derived fuel (TDF), which we have vigorously opposed, would (if approved) be an amendment to this basic permit. On June 21, 2006 the New York State DEC made a tentative determination to approve IP's application to renew itís Title V air pollution permit. The permit does not contain the TDF amendment but does contain a section that allows the mill to burn sludge from waste treatment plants in the power boiler. The permit allows the plant to mix waste treatment sludge with wood and burn up to 40 cubic yards of sludge per day.
We are deeply concerned that sludge burning at the Ticonderoga plant will endanger the health of all downwind residents of the Champlain Valley.
- Sludge burning has been associated with increased emissions of toxic heavy metals.
- Sludge burning has been associated with increased emissions of cancer causing dioxin compounds.
- The Ticonderoga power boiler lacks the proper pollution control equipment (an Electrostatic Precipitator, ESP) required to remove small particles (PM 2.5) the most hazardous form of particulate air pollutants.
- Burning sludge would be at least as dangerous to human health as burning tires.
What You Can Do -- Time is Short!
The comment period ended August 11, 2006. WHY WERE VERMONT RESIDENTS NOT WARNED WHEN THEY LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLANT? WHY WAS THERE NO PUBLIC HEARING? WHY IS THIS MOVING AHEAD WHEN THE ONLY WARNING IN A PLATTSBURG, NY PAPER WAS FILED INCORRECTLY WITH THE WRONG DATES? Is this another case of the EPA not being accountable to the public? According to Government Accountability Office (GAO):
"95 percent of all Americans face an increased likelihood of developing cancer from air toxics---pollutants such as benzene, asbestos and chlorine-- by breathing outdoor air"--IP is planning to burn dirtier fuels with more harmful emissions.
Click here for a pdf of the full GAO Report
PLP is pursuing a four prong approach:
- PLP is urging International Paper to remove any mention of burning sludge from its renewal application
- PLP is submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to NYS DEC to access all previous technical submissions by IP which pertain to the chemical composition of the sludge to be burned
- PLP is urging the NYS DEC to extend the comment period by 60 days to enable adequate time to analyse the chemistry of the sludge and assess the health impacts on those downwind of the plant.
- PLP is urging the NYS DEC to hold a public hearing near the end of the comment period to enable all citizens to publicly state their concerns.
We ask you to do two things--
- Write or Call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Demand that the NYS DEC extend the comment period and schedule a public hearing to allow the general public a chance to comment on this permit.
- THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS ENDED
Comments must be submitted to the NYSDEC by August 11, 2006
and should be addressed to:
- Walter L. Haynes,
232 Golf Course Road, PO Box 220
Warrensburg, NY 12885-0220
Phone (518) 623-1281
- Call or write Governor Douglas and ask him to:
(1) instruct the Vermont DEC to investigate the IP sludge burning issue,
(2) contact New York Governor Pataki and
(3) request a public hearing.
- Governor Jim Douglas,
109 State Street Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609.
- Toll Free Hot Line (800) 649-6825
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