The pulp mill in Old Town, whic has received millions of dollars in federal and state aid, has tentatively won its battle to double its allowed emissions of an air pollutant rather than fix or replace its aging boiler.
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced on July 14 it will grant most of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber pulp mill's request to increase its permitted carbon monoxide emissions. The mill asked to increase from 407 tons per year to 1,045; the state approved a 929-ton maximum. Average permitted daily emissions also would be allowed to increase.
The decision is not final, however. There is a period for public comment and after that, even if the head of the state DEP, Patricia Aho, gives final approval, the decision can be appealed to the Board of Environmental Protection, a citizen panel that oversees the department's work.
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