Maine: St. Croix Tissue mill has a history of wastewater leaks

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Maine: St. Croix Tissue mill has a history of wastewater leaks

August 21, 2018 - 17:37
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BANGOR, ME, Aug. 21, 2018 (Bangor Daily News) -The leak of more than half a million gallons of wastewater last week at a Baileyville mill is the third such leak that has occurred at the mill in the past two years.

Twice in five days in September 2016, burst pipes at the Woodland Pulp Mill leaked a combined total of more than 3 million gallons of partially treated wastewater. Of that amount, roughly 2 million gallons were captured by designated spill ponds on the mill property, while the rest flowed into the St. Croix River, which separates Maine from the Canadian province of New Brunswick, according to a notice of violation issued by Maine Department of Environmental Protection to Woodland Pulp in December of that year.

A section of pipe that burst Sept. 23, 2016, was replaced by the mill, which resumed operations four days later on Sept. 27, according to DEP. The following day, the pipe ruptured again near the same spot.

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