Well, bless our breathing lungs… International Paper announced yesterday it is not only canceling the test burn of tire chips in its Ticonderoga, NY plant, it’s abandoning the idea altogether. No test. No tires. No pollution. No lung damage. Not now. Not ever.
Turns out they couldn’t burn anywhere near the amount of tire chips they wanted to without exceeding the pollution limits specified in their permit. They were hoping to send 3 tons of tires per hour up in really ugly smoke. But in burning even just a measly ¼ ton they started bumping up against their own safety threshold.
This is total vindication of the point of view that said that without pollution controls this is one really bad idea. And copious thanks are due to everyone who wrote, called, cajoled, begged, pleaded, urged, demanded, implored, and otherwise beseeched International Paper to knock it off and stop being so self-centered. Whether you’re from around here or not, we who are and would have been breathing this junk appreciate the help. Big time. Everybody enjoy a clean lungful of fresh air on me.