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State OKs doubling pollution at Old Town pulp mill

Old Town Mill, photo US DOE

The pulp mill in Old Town that has been propped up with millions in federal and state aid has tentatively won its battle to double its allowed pollution rather than fix or replace its aging boiler. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on July 14 it would grant most of the Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill’s request to increase its permitted carbon monoxide emissions. The mill has asked to go from 407 tons per year to 1,045; the state approved a 929-ton maximum. Average permitted daily emissions would also be allowed to increase. The decision is not final, however. Continue Reading →

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