Neighbors sue owner of Old Town pulp mill, saying it ‘has never smelled so bad’

By Dennis Hey
The Press Herald
October 27, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

OLD TOWN, Maine — Neighbors of a pulp mill in Old Town are raising a stink about a foul, rotten-egg smell they say it’s been releasing – and now some are suing the mill’s owner over the odor. Walter Demmons and Kirk Ramsay filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Oct. 7, seeking an injunction that would require ND Paper LLC to stop the “noxious” emissions. The lawsuit also seeks compensation for damages that are unspecified but would total at least $5 million. …Since 2020, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has received a total of 70 complaints related to the odors, said Jeff Crawford, director of the DEP Bureau of Air Quality. …ND Paper issued a statement saying, it has spent over $200 million to modernize the Old Town facility… but the upgrades have sometimes altered the make-up of the plant’s air emissions.

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