TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Nov. 11) — Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and more than 300 Vermonters came to a public hearing in Ticonderoga Nov. 9 to protest International Paper Co.´s plan to test tire-derived fuel at its plant there.
Ticonderoga is just across Lake Champlain from the Vermont border, and Douglas and other Vermonters fear the TDF will cause unacceptable levels of toxic pollutants in Vermont´s air. Douglas wants International Paper to spend approximately $10 million to $15 million on a state-of-the-art electrostatic precipitator to reduce TDF-related particle emissions from smokestacks, and has offered to help the company to gain state and federal incentives to do so.
The company, however, said it´s impossible to tell if the device is needed until the two-week trial burn is completed. The New York Department of Environmental Protection is accepting public comment on the trial burn until Dec. 9.
If the DEP issues a final permit, the trial burn probably will take place around the end of February, an International Paper spokeswoman said.