Georgia Pacific in Toledo has been fined $4,000 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for violating emission standards coming out of their three kilns.
A routine inspection last September 30th of air emissions control equipment by GP workers produced a reading that was slightly above their legal limit for what can be released to the outside environment. The plant’s legal limit is .12 grains per dry standard cubic foot, corrected to 10% oxygen. The plant inspector got a reading of .143 grains per dry standard cubic foot, corrected to 10% oxygen.
DEQ said the overage was quickly corrected by GP workers, making adjustments and repairs to the equipment which put them back within their emission standard parameters.
DEQ says such emissions must be closely monitored in that “Many hazardous air pollutants are known, or suspected carcinogens and can cause other serious health effects.”
The DEQ went on to say that “DEQ appreciates your efforts to correct the violation by making quick adjustments and repairs to the scrubbers that control emissions from the kilns, and by conducting a subsequent source test that demonstrated compliance with the grain loading particulate limits on October 3, 2013.”
Georgia Pacific Toledo spokeswoman Sharron Kanareff told News Lincoln County that it was GP workers themselves who found the violation, notified DEQ about the problem and quickly went about fixing it. Kanareff said “The safety and health of our Toledo area community is very important to Georgia Pacific.”
A DEQ official said GP experienced considerable and therefore expensive downtime while they repaired and adjusted the kiln air scrubber system. He said the loss of production time to repairs and system adjustments cost GP far, far more than DEQ’s fine. The official said “GP’s air quality control systems have operated very well in the past and that the company has a good record of compliance with DEQ-enforced emission standards.”