TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Nov. 7) — The International Paper Co. plant at Ticonderoga began its two-week test burn of tire-derived fuel today, despite strong criticism from Vermont environmentalists and elected officials.
The plant began introducing TDF into its fuel stream at the rate of one-half ton per hour the morning of Nov. 7, an IP spokeswoman said, and was gradually building up during the day to one ton per hour. While some emissions results from the TDF burn will be available immediately, she said, the full analysis won´t be ready till some time in December, about three weeks after the test ends.
Vermont protesters, including Gov. Jim Douglas and Sen. James Jeffords, worried that emissions from the TDF burn will pollute Vermont´s air, have tried to force IP to install extra pollution control equipment at the plant, even offering to pay all or part of the estimated $10-15 million cost.
The company, however, said it can´t be determined until the test burn in completed whether the extra equipment is needed.