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Tranlin faces battle with permits, pollution credits for $2 billion pulp and paper mill in Virginia

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Tranlin faces battle with permits, pollution credits for $2 billion pulp and paper mill in Virginia

October 05, 2016 - 11:39

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA, Oct. 5, 2016 (Local News) -Last week, Tranlin Inc. announced that it was moving forward with its $2 billion paper mill in eastern Chesterfield by hiring a global engineering company to help it with designing the facility and obtaining about 20 environmental permits.

But one of the permits that Tranlin, a subsidiary of China-based Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., will need to secure involves a complicated and somewhat untested system of trading pollution credits for nutrient contamination allowed into the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters.

Called the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Nutrient Credit Exchange Program, the system involves setting maximum limits for nitrogen and phosphorous that can be emitted by 121 so-called “point sources” on the bay and its estuaries, including the James River, where the pulp mill will be located.

Chesterfield Observer - Tranlin faces battle with permits, pollution credits

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