Washington agency says weather likely culprit in rise in Port Townsend Paper mill odor complaints

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Washington agency says weather likely culprit in rise in Port Townsend Paper mill odor complaints

October 10, 2017 - 21:47
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PORT TOWNSEND, WA, Oct. 10, 2017 (Peninsula Daily News ) -The state Department of Ecology has seen a significant increase in complaints about odor from the Port Townsend Paper Co. mill.

So far, there have been a documented 339 complaints in 2017. Of those, 174 were complaints submitted during September, and Ecology staff members said they are still counting.

Septembers complaints were up significantly from the 32 complaints submitted in August and 43 complaints in July, according to Shingo Yamazaki of Ecology, who is responsible for all permitting and inspection at the Port Townsend mill.

Yamazaki said he visited the mill last week and found all emissions systems operating correctly. He added that there have been a few small blips of higher emissions recorded in September and early October, but none that have cause for concern.

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