Tag Archives: PTPC

City Manager Hiring Survey No more free water for mill, clean up stink Due Fri 12-14-2018

The City of Port Townsend is seeking a new City Manager, and requests input from Citizens on what are our most important issues? Port Townsend City Manager Recruitment Survey– Due TODAY! December 14, 2018 “After 20 years as Port Townsend’s first City Manager, David Timmons is leaving this position in June of 2019. So we …

Comment by Dec 20, 2018 on Ecology’s proposal to close the “SSM Loophole”

Submit your comments by December 20, 2018 to WA Dept of Ecology on their proposed changes to the state’s “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Exemption. The SSM Exemption has been a huge loophole allowing companies like Port Townsend Paper to avoid pollution penalties by attributing excess pollution to “oops” in their operations. In September 2008, the Sierra Club successfully …

EPA’s ECHO database compiles PTPC pollution history

EPA’s ECHO database (Environmental Compliance History Online) yields some great information once you get exploring around in it. An EPA official showed me that by following the “Facility Search” link, it brought me to a page that combines annual pollution data for Port Townsend Paper that is collected through three EPA programs (TRI, NAAQS and GHG), …

Help guide Ecology’s closure of the “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Loophole

EPA has directed the states to close a loophole in the clean air laws that allowed factories to sidestep responsibility if it could be said that their excess emissions happened when equipment was Starting up, Shutting down or Malfunctioning, aka the “SSM Loophole.” WA Dept of Ecology has an advisory committee, open to anyone, that …

Comment on WA CO2 reporting rule TODAY 2016 July 22 by 11:45pm

www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/rules/wac173442/1510inv.html Chapter 173-442 WAC, Clean Air Rule Chapter 173-441 WAC, Reporting of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases Proposed plan largely exempts some of the most egregious CO2 emitters, such as the Port Townsend Paper Corp, through special considerations (“EITE” or energy-intensive trade-endangered designation), loose and generous cap-and-trade or alternative good works provisions, and blatantly by the …