DEQ fines Georgia-Pacific for air quality violations

Clatskanie, OR (5/31/2018) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP $12,000 for releasing more pollution from its Clatskanie kraft pulp mill than is allowed in the facility’s air quality permit.

In April 2016, Georgia-Pacific emitted particulate matter that exceeded the limits set in the facility’s permit.

State and federal law limits industrial air emissions, including particulate matter, to protect public health and the environment. Particulate matter affects the functioning of the heart and lungs, impacts visibility, and can deposit on the ground and change the acidity or nutrient balance of waterbodies and soil.

DEQ discovered the violation after the company submitted a source test report on its emissions.

Georgia-Pacific corrected the problem within 10 days of the April 2016 source test and has paid the fine.

View the full enforcement letter at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/053118gpcp.pdf

Contact – Laura Gleim, Public Affairs Specialist, Portland, 503-229-6488, gleim.laura@deq.state.or.us

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