Higher than Expected Preliminary Test Results from International Paper

November 10, 2006

Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

BURLINGTON – On day four of their test burn of tire-derived fuel (tdf) at the Ticonderoga paper mill, International Paper reported field test results showing particulate emissions at the stack close to their permit limit.

“International Paper has some hard decisions to make,” said Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jeff Wennberg. “The level of particulates is higher than we would expect for this relatively small volume of tire chips. These results further add to Vermont’s long-held view that International Paper should install state-of-the-art pollution control equipment on the boiler in Ticonderoga.”

"Vermonters do not need to take any special precautions at this time. We continue to work closely with area hospitals, health care providers and the Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor the burn, and will alert Vermonters immediately if there is any new information that would change our recommendations,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN.

The Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation have systems in place to monitor the burn for health and environmental effects, but it will take several weeks to analyze data. Officials on this side of the lake are relying on their own on-site expert observer and emission testing data from the plant for real-time information.

For daily updates, check the Department of Environmental Conservation website at www.anr.state.vt.us/air/htm/iptireburn.htm and the Department of Health website at healthvermont.gov.

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