Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Air pollution penaltyWe issued two penalties totaling $30,000 to the Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) pulp and paper mill in Port Townsend.
Recovery Furnace leak penalty
During an inspection on Aug 19, 2016, we discovered a leak from a Recovery Furnace emissions duct at the mill. It represented less than 1 percent of the emissions from the furnace and the majority of them were still being treated. An evaluation by an Ecology toxicologist found it did not pose a short term risk to human health.
PTPC immediately began investigating the cause of the leak and looking into options for repairing it. Because of the difficulty in reaching and repairing the leak, it was fixed when the mill shut down for scheduled maintenance on Sept 19, 2016.
On Nov 10, 2016, the mill failed a routine stack test required by its Air Operating Permit. The test found that particulate matter emissions from the Smelt Dissolver Tank were above permitted limits.
When PTPC saw the test results on Dec 5, mill staff immediately investigated and found that a damper was open. This allowed a portion of emissions to escape untreated. The damper was closed and Port Townsend Paper performed a follow-up stack test on Dec 8. This test showed the mill was back in compliance with its permitted limit.
Odor reportingTo report odor you believe is from PTPC, please provide the following information:
This is a kraft pulp and paper mill.
PermitsEcology writes and enforces PTPC's air and wastewater permits.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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