TOLEDO, OR, Oct. 13, 2020 (Local News) -In a message emailed to community leaders on Wednesday, Georgia-Pacific Public Affairs Manager C.J. Drake announced that a $63,600 penalty had been assessed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for Georgia-Pacific’s non-compliance with its federal Title V air operating permit.
“We wanted you to learn it from us first,” Drake wrote. Describing the situation as “a rare, unintentional deviation from our commitment to comply with government regulations,” Drake apologized to neighbors and the public at large “for any deviation from that commitment and concern it may cause.”
Through a public information request, the News-Times obtained a copy of the Sept. 21 letter, “Notice of Civil Penalty Assessment and Order,” sent to Georgia-Pacific by Kieran O’Donnell, manager in DEQ’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement. That letter addresses violations on three apparently unrelated events in March, May and September of 2019.
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