Port Townsend Paper appeals county public health department's refusal to renew its inert-waste permit for landfill at its Port Townsend, Washington, pulp and paper mill, says waste has remained unchanged since 2004

LOS ANGELES , February 1, 2013 () – Port Townsend Paper Corp. has appealed the Jefferson County Public Health Department’s decision to decline the renewal of its inert-waste permit for the landfill at its Port Townsend, Washington, pulp and paper mill, Waste Management World reported Jan. 31.

The company has asked the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board to reverse the department’s decision, saying that the mill-generated waste that is sent to the landfill has remained unchanged since 2004. The appeal called the decision “unlawful or unjust.”

The permit has been in effect since 1989, and the company had asked for the extension for the permit in September.

Dr. Tom Locke, a public health officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties, denied the appeal on Dec. 3, noting the changing waste properties due to an expanded biomass cogeneration plant at the mill.

While a state hearing has not been scheduled and could happen in the fall, the mill can keep operating under the inert-waste permit, Waste Management World reported.

After the board rules, the company or the county could appeal to the Superior Court. A ruling in favor of Port Townsend Paper would instruct Jefferson County to issue the permit, or the board could uphold the denial of the permit.
 
The company is facing another obstacle with its US$55 million, 24-megawatt biomass cogeneration plant at the mill that was expected to come online in April. Work on the project has been pushed back to 2014 or 2015, following a lawsuit filed by five environmental groups that will be heard by the state Supreme Court.

Port Townsend Paper employs almost 300 people, reported Waste Management World.

The primary source of this article is Waste Management World, Essex, England, on Jan. 31, 2013.

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