Phase-out of black liquor subsidies for paper mills clears Maryland Senate, continues subsidy for NewPage mill

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Phase-out of black liquor subsidies for paper mills clears Maryland Senate, continues subsidy for NewPage mill

March 29, 2013 - 09:41
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BALTIMORE, March 29, 2013 (Local News) -A phase-out of renewable energy subsidies for paper mills has cleared the Maryland Senate, though with a provision that guarantees the state's only paper plant in Allegany County would continue to receive payments underwritten by taxpayers.

Environmentalists hailed the 33-13 vote Thursday for SB684, which they said would close what they considered a major loophole in Maryland's renewable energy law. Currently, mostly out-of-state paper mills receive millions of dollars annually for powering their operations by burning "black liquor," a tarry byproduct of the pulping process, and other wood waste.

Baltimore Sun - 'Black liquor' phase-out clears Senate

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