Halsey, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Cascade Pacific Pulp LLC $12,000 for exceeding a pollution limit in its air quality permit.
The company's Title V Operating Permit sets specific limits for how much particulate matter can be emitted from the lime kiln. Particulate matter, also known as particle pollution, is a complex mix of very small particles and liquid droplets. Some of the particle pollution includes hazardous air pollutants.
Oregon uses National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The standards are in place to protect human health and the environment.
The violation occurred on April 24, 2017 at the company's pulp mill off American Drive during a semi-annual source test. Re-tests of the lime kiln in May 2017 demonstrated that it was complying with particulate matter limits.
The company has until Oct. 30 to appeal the penalty.
View the enforcement letter at: www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/100917CPP.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org