TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Sept. 18) — Vermont environmentalists and elected officials have renewed their pledge to fight International Paper Co.'s plan to have a test burn of tire-derived fuel at its Ticonderoga facility, across Lake Champlain from Vermont.
Vermont Gov. James Douglas and Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., issued statements against the TDF plan Sept. 11, the day the Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to make — but didn't — its final determination on whether to grant IP the test burn permit.
"If this experiment is allowed to move forward, the EPA is saying that it is OK to use Vermonters as guinea pigs," Jeffords said.
Vermont wants IP to add electrostatic precipitators to its smokestacks before the burn, which the company said will add $10 million to $15 million to the cost of the project with no clear environmental improvement.
IP officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but a company spokeswoman told Vermont reporters that the company will abandon TDF at Ticonderoga if the test burn comes even close to the allowable limits for toxic pollutants.