TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Dec. 2, 2005) — The last public meeting was held Nov. 30 on International Paper Co.'s application for a permit to do a test burn of tire-derived fuel (TDF) at its Ticonderoga paper plant.
The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has granted the company a draft permit for the TDF burn and is gathering public comment until Dec. 9 to help determine whether to grant a final permit.
About 30 members of the public—only about one-tenth of the number attending the Nov. 9 meeting—showed up for the last meeting, and the testimony contained nothing really new, according to an International Paper spokeswoman.
Protesters from Vermont, led by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, want the company to spend $10 million to $15 million for pollution control equipment the company insists may not be necessary.
After the comment period is over, the DEP will take an unspecified amount of time—probably 30 days or less—to consider the testimony. It then will send its recommendations to Region II of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has 45 days to consider the issue. International Paper should receive final word on the permit by February, the spokeswoman said.