A Halsey pulp mill is appealing a fine levied by state environmental regulators, contending the penalty was based on erroneous test results.
On Oct. 4, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $12,000 penalty against Cascade Pacific Pulp for exceeding the particulate limits on its lime kiln during an April 24 air emissions test. The penalty letter notes that particulates are a surrogate measure for hazardous pollutants.
This week Cascade Pacific responded with a letter to DEQ officials appealing the penalty and asking for a meeting to discuss the situation.
Pat Rank, the plant’s general manager, said the company believes the excessive particulate reading was the result of a sample collection error during the April 24 test, adding that subsequent test results indicate the lime kiln is functioning properly and keeping emissions below permitted limits.