Maine DEP To Hold Public Meeting Tuesday On Draft Emissions License For Old Town Fuel & Fiber Mill

August 9, 2012

CONTACT:
Samantha DePoy-Warren, Maine DEP Director of Communications, samantha.depoy-warren@maine.gov / (207) 287-5842 or Kathy Tarbuck, Maine DEP Bureau of Air Quality Environmental Engineer, kathy.tarbuck@maine.gov / (207) 287-9931

-The meeting is a result of a request made by a citizen and will give the public a chance to ask questions of DEP licensing staff-

ORONO – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting next week on its draft air emissions license for the Old Town Fuel and Fiber pulp mill.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Black Bear Inn at 4 Godfrey Drive in Orono and will be hosted by several DEP representatives, including Environmental Engineer Kathy Tarbuck, who serves as project manager, and DEP Bureau of Air Quality Director Melanie Loyzim.

The meeting comes at the request of a citizen and will provide the public an opportunity to ask questions of DEP licensing staff and provide comment to the department as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure an inclusive, thorough and transparent licensing process.

The draft license put out by the DEP for comment last month allows for an increase of carbon monoxide emissions from the facility’s biomass boiler above what it is authorized to discharge now because the boiler there will now burn primarily green wood and no longer burn construction debris. The proposed license limit is consistent with other facilities in Maine and federal Environmental Protection Agency standards, and will not result in an adverse impact to public or environmental health.

The draft license and supporting documentation is currently available for public review in the Air Bureau’s Augusta office and at the municipal office in Old Town.

Following the public meeting Tuesday, any additional information heard there will be considered before a final licensing decision is issued by the department.

For more information about the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Quality, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/air

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