Vt. gov. pleased New York TDF burn dropped
MONTPELIER, Vt.-Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas declared himself ``very pleased'' that after only one week of tests, International Paper (IP) Co. has decided not to use tire-derived fuel (TDF) at its plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y., just across Lake Champlain from Vermont.
IP discontinued the planned two-week test burn after it became apparent that particulate levels from the burn were too close to legal limits.
``I pledged that I would hold IP accountable for the results of this test and I am pleased that they have finally made the right decision,'' Gov. Douglas said in a press release.
Vermont environmentalists and public officials had tried to stop the TDF test in court, insisting the company needed to spend some $10 million to $15 million for extra pollution control equipment. An IP spokeswoman, however, had said the scrubbers already in place at the plant were more than enough to control emissions of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide at well below legal limits.
``But as we increased the levels of TDF we burned, we noticed an increase in the level of particulates,'' she said. ``Above all else, we have to maintain our commitment to the environment and our integrity.''
The decision at Ticonderoga won't affect IP's use of TDF at seven other U.S. facilities, she added.