Forestry companies granted state funds despite environmental violations

By Emmett Gartner
The Maine Monitor
September 2, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

MAINE — Two forestry companies that were announced as recipients for hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grant money last December were issued environmental violations at their Maine facilities over the past several years. ND Paper Inc., had a $101,400 state penalty finalized in late August for chemical spills at its Old Town mill in 2020 and 2022. …T&D Wood Energy LLC, operates a wood pellet manufacturing facility in Sanford that was cited for nine violations of DEP regulations between 2019 and 2022. …Last year, ND Paper was awarded $1 million through a state grant, called the Forestry Recovery Initiative, and T&D Wood Energy was awarded $600,000. The initiative is administered by the Maine Technology Institute, a nonprofit created in 1999 to distribute grants and loans to spur economic growth and innovation. …An applicant’s history of environmental compliance was not used as a criterion to score applications.

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