International Paper Co. is working with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation toward a permit for a test burn of tire-derived fuel at its paper production facility in Ticonderoga.
The company wants to prove to skeptical environmental officials and citizens in upstate New York and neighboring Vermont that it can replace up to 10 percent of its annual fuel oil consumption at Ticonderoga with TDF without harming the area's air quality.
A spokeswoman for International Paper said it should file for the permit by mid-June.
International Paper currently uses a combination of #6 fuel oil and bark to power its boilers at the Ticonderoga plant, she said. The plan during the test burn is to replace fuel oil with TDF up to 10 percent of its BTU value.