No test burn set at Ti mill

TICONDEROGA Contrary to published reports in Vermont, International Paper Co. has no plans for further testing of tire-derived fuel at its Ticonderoga mill. The Associated Press reported Oct. 9 IP was considering another test burn. The story published by the Rutland Herald and picked up by AP is inaccurate, Donna Wadsworth, the Ti mills communications and environmental manager, said. International Papers Ticonderoga mill does not have any current plan to re-visit the use of tire-derived fuel, she said. The data generated by the tests conducted in November of 2006 indicates that additional pollution controls would need to be installed before introducing TDF or additional solid fuel into the facilitys power boiler. Currently, this boiler is fueled by oil and bark. There is no plan in the foreseeable future to consider changing to an alternative fuel mix, Wadsworth said. We are currently focusing our efforts on energy conservation and energy efficiency projects and are seeing progress in this area of opportunity. We continue to work diligently to manage our costs while at the same time being good stewards of the environment; working safely; providing quality products and excellent service to our customers; and being a good corporate citizen in our community. International Paper Co. halted burning of tire-derived fuel at its Ticonderoga mill Nov. 14, 2006, six days into a scheduled two-week test. That test had been strongly opposed by Vermont officials, who feared the Ticonderoga mill would increase pollution in their state. Because the mill is directly across a narrow section of Lake Champlain from Shoreham, Vt., Vermont politicians and environmental groups opposed the test, saying it could release harmful heavy metals into the air. A lawsuit by the state of Vermont, and a subsequent appeal, seeking to stop the test were filed in New York State Supreme Court. The suit and appeal were rejected. IP had New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approval to conduct the two-week trial burn of up to 72 tons of tire-derived fuel per day in its power boiler. The papermaker hoped to replace 10 percent of its fuel oil with waste tires to save up to $4 million each year. The Ticonderoga mill spent $18 million on fuel oil to power its plant in 2004. That figure was $27.1 million in 2005 and topped $32 in 2006. There are seven other IP plants in the United States using TDF, Wadsworth said, and more than 100 other facilities using it. The IP mill in Ticonderoga employs 650 people with an annual payroll of $38 million, making it the regions largest employer. Wadsworth estimates the local mill has an economic impact of $188 million on the regional economy. She noted the mill purchases more than $20 million in goods and services much of it in Vermont from regional suppliers annually.

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