Port Townsend mill fined $56k by state for air quality violation

The Port Townsend Leader
December 14, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Port Townsend Paper Corporation has been fined $56,250 for exceeding an air quality limit at its Port Townsend mill, the Washington Department of Ecology announced Wednesday. The company has 30 days to pay the fine, or to appeal the penalty to the Pollution Control Hearings Board. State officials said emissions measured from the mill’s recovery furnace on July 6 exceeded the hazardous air pollutant limit required under their air quality permit. According to Ecology, a clog in part of the emissions treatment system was found to be limiting the system’s performance. Port Townsend Paper Corporation, which is owned by  Crown Paper Group, discovered and corrected the problem on July 7, according to Ecology. The mill performed a performance test Aug. 25 that demonstrated compliance with the emission limit that was set in the company’s air quality permit.

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