For those following the twisted saga of our local International Paper Company plant’s intention to burn tires and sewage sludge in its boiler to save a few bucks on their monthly fuel bill, here’s an update from downwind of the Big Ugly:
Plant officials have announced their intention to conduct their initial test burn sometime in early November. They have to give New York State authorities 30 days notice, and that notice is expected any day now.
To reiterate, as the people living directly in the prevailing atmospheric path of the anticipated pollutant plume (I dare you to say that 10 times fast), we really don’t need to need to breath the airborne garbage the tire burn will produce. And produce it will because International Paper is refusing to install modern pollution control technologies on their smokestack. Even without the tire burn, the facility already produces more than twice as much toxic pollution as all the other polluting facilities in Vermont combined. Cough. Hack. Wheeze.
Once again, everyone here in Vermont is asking everyone here, there, and everywhere else to please help us by contacting International Paper Chairman & CEO John V. Farachi and the Ticonderoga Paper Mill Manger, Christopher P. Mallon and asking them to cut the toxicological crap and do the right thing so their neighbors don’t turn grey and fall over from breathing their increased profits. Here’s the info you need to fill them with remorse and regret:
John V. Faraci
Chairman and CEO
6420 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197
Christopher P. Mallon
568 Shore Airport Rd.
Ticonderoga, NY 12883