Public hearing set for Old Town Fuel & Fiber draft emissions license

Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.

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

Scheduled at the request of a citizen, the meeting is set for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Black Bear Inn at 4 Godfrey Drive in Orono.

Several DEP representatives — including Environmental Engineer Kathy Tarbuck, who serves as project manager, and DEP Bureau of Air Quality Director Melanie Loyzim — will be on hand to answer questions and receive comment from the public as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to ensure an inclusive, thorough and transparent licensing process, the DEP said in a press release.

A draft license that the DEP put out 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 will now burn primarily green wood and no longer burn construction debris, state environmental officials said in the news release.

The proposed license limit is consistent with those of other facilities in Maine and meets federal Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to the DEP, which said the emissions increase will not adversely affect public or environmental health.

The draft license and supporting documentation can be seen at the DEP Bureau of Air Quality’s Augusta office and at Old Town City Hall.

Any additional information heard at Tuesday’s meeting will be considered before the department issues a final licensing decision.

For information about the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/air.

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