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Inland Empire Paper nears pollution restricting agreement with state for Washington newsprint mill

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Inland Empire Paper nears pollution restricting agreement with state for Washington newsprint mill

May 03, 2011 - 11:49
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SPOKANE, WA, May 3, 2011 (The Spokesman-Review) -After seven years of sometimes contentious negotiations, the state and Inland Empire Paper Co. in Spokane Valley may be a month away from reaching an agreement on a permit that restricts pollution flowing from the paper mill into the Spokane River.

Officials from the state Department of Ecology and Inland, which like The Spokesman-Review is owned by Cowles Co., agree that the state will likely issue a draft permit in early June that will put strict limits on chemical pollution connected to the paper-making process.

Kelly Susewind, the Ecology Department's water quality program manager, said the permit will likely take into account recent studies on phosphorus that will allow the mill to meet tough standards for that chemical with the planned upgrades to its discharge system.

The Spokesman-Review - Paper mill, state close to reaching pollution plan

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