Notice of Violation (NOV) issued to Kimberly Clark

Trigen Smokestack fails

Particulates & Carbon Monoxide Test

By: Pat Hunter

July 8, 2009

Are you concerned about the air that you breathe? Loudon County is in violation of ozone and particulates regulations so what does that mean to your health. According to the EPA..." The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than10 micrometers in diameter pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream. Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart. Small particles of concern include "inhalable coarse particles" (such as those found near roadways and dusty industries), which are larger than 2.5 micrometers and smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter; and "fine particles" (such as those found in smoke and haze), which are 2.5 micrometers in diameter and smaller." Source: EPA http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/health.html

KC Rep. Bryan Crawford

At the June 24, 2009 Loudon County Air Quality Task Force (LCAQTF) meeting, Bryan Crawford, Kimberly Clark representative on the task force, reported that a Notice of Violation "NOV" was issued to Kimberly Clark.

According to public records obtained from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on June 17, 2009, a Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued to Michael K. Smith, Kimberly Clark Mill Manager. The Notice of Violation was issued after stack testing was conducted on the wood boiler.

Kimberly Clark (KC) purchased Trigen BioPower and Trigen incinerates sludge from the paper mill plant with wood chips to produce steam for the KC plant.

On April 15, 2009 and April 21, 2009 TDEC personnel coordinated the start of the actual testing with Kimberly Clark personnel prior to the start of testing. The testing was conducted as part of a continuing air toxics study on a boiler improvement project. The tests measured for particulates, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.

TDEC was informed by KC personnel that the facility was ready for testing but after one particulate test was conducted, KC personnel decided to shut the boiler down due to "high observed opacity levels." 

The NOV described the results, "during the single particulate sample run...the average measured particulate emission rate was 88.3 pounds per hour. This value exceeds the allowable particulate emission rate for the boiler of 18.27 pounds per hour...as set in the permit." ..."The average carbon monoxide emission rate was 132 pounds per hour. This value exceeds the allowable carbon monoxide rate emission rate for the boiler of 52.5 pounds per hour..." as set in the permit.

"During the single particulate test run conducted on April 21 the average measured particulate emission rate was 34.9 pounds per hour. This value exceed the allowable particulate rate for the boiler of 18.47 pounds per hour" as set forth in the permit.

..."During the time period of the single test run conducted for carbon monoxide emission rate was 629 pounds per hour. The value exceeds the allowable carbon monoxide emission rate for the boiler of 52.5 pounds per hour..."

Kimberly Clark has 20-days to respond how they plan to bring the boiler into compliance.

What about Commissioners David Meers and Nancy Marcus, Kimberly Clark is located in District 1, when do these public officials plan to get involved and get something done? 

How long with this plant be allowed to pollute our community before action is taken to address this serious issue?

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To read the entire violation:

 CLICK TO VIEW Kimberly Clark NOTICE of VIOLATION - June 17, 2009 pdf.

 

NOTE: The 3:30 P.M. task force meetings are sparsely attended. The meetings are held when most people are at work and mom's are at home with their children. Many times the task force has problems with attendance. Lenoir City and Loudon City do not send a representative to task force meetings. Although a reporter with the News Herald was present, have you read anything about KC's NOV in the newspaper? Why isn't the News Herald informing readers what is said at this public meetings?

If you are concerned about the particulate problem, please contact me at  watchdog@thehunterreport.com 

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