Washington state reissues Port Townsend Paper air permit

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Washington state reissues Port Townsend Paper air permit

April 28, 2010 - 09:42
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OLYMPIA, WA, April 27, 2010 (Press Release) -After a lengthy revision and public comment process, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) tomorrow will reissue the air operating permit for Port Townsend Paper Corp.'s pulp and paper mill in Port Townsend.

The permit goes into effect May 1, 2010. Air operating permits are required for a facility to operate and must be renewed every five years. Permits compile applicable state and federal orders, rules and laws into one document. They include requirements such as air emissions limits and monitoring and reporting requirements.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegates Ecology the responsibility to issue appropriate air permits to the mill every five years. Ecology renewed it in 2007. Citizens appealed the permit to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and asked the EPA to review the permit.

Ecology revised the air operating permit based on EPA's three areas of concerns and as directed by the Pollution Control Hearings Board. In April 2009, Ecology released the draft air permit for public feedback. After working through the public's comments and questions, Ecology sent the proposed permit to the EPA. During this review period, EPA didn't object to the permit.

The public can appeal the new permit to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board by May 28, 2010. Citizens also can petition EPA to object to Ecology's permit by June 11, 2010.