COUNTY, LOUDON & LENOIR CITY GIVE NOD TO KC LETTER
BY: PAT HUNTER
At Monday's Aug. 15th, Lenoir City Council meeting, a letter from the Loudon County Air Quality Task Force (LCAQTF) was discussed. The letter said in part "...we received yet another complaint regarding the ash particles..." At the July 27th LCAQTF meeting, Loudon resident Mark Ludwig addressed the task force and filed a complaint about ash particles from what he believes comes from the Kimberly Clark plant. CLICK MORE KIMBERLY CLARK COMPLAINTS
City administrator Dale Hurst said that the letter from the task force to Kimberly Clark was self-explanatory. Since the task force (LCAQTF) is an advisory body to the City of Lenoir and Loudon and Loudon County, the task force was seeking approval from the three governing bodies before sending it to Kimberly Clark. Lenoir City Council could not vote to approve the letter at the workshop meeting but Council came to the consensus that it was a good idea to send the letter to Kimberly Clark. Lenoir City' representative to the task force will be informed about Council's approval. A narrative was written to the Council by administrative assistant Amber Kelso outlining what had been done, along with the draft letter to Mr. Michael Smith, mill manager. CLICK LCAQTF LETTER TO MAYORS pdf CLICK LCAQTF LETTER -LC
Loudon Commission approved the letter at the Aug. 8th Commission meeting, and at last week's Loudon City Council's workshop meeting, Loudon City Council also came to the consensus that it was ok to send the letter to Kimberly Clark. LCAQTF member Dr. Bud Guider spoke before Council at last Monday's Loudon Council workshop meeting.
Industry task force member Crawford also reported how Kimberly Clark will request combining two permits.
If you are not familiar with this ongoing pollution issue. Dust particles, ash particles, and particulates have been a problem for 10 years or more. Years ago, Kimberly Clark contracted with Trigen Biopower, a steam generation facility; the process involves incinerating paper sludge with wood chips to generate steam for the Kimberly Clark Mill. This may been a great solution for Kimberly Clark's profits and bottom line however, incinerating the KC Sludge created big headache and health concerns to area residents and properties. Kimberly Clark later purchased the Trigen Power facility.
PUBLIC NOTICE - TITLE V PERMIT
Kimberly Clark is a Title V polluter. Kimberly Clark Loudon Mill ran a public notice on August 7- 8 in the News Herald requesting to combine the KC Tissue and Towel Manufacturing permit and the Steam plant permit. SEE BELOW. Comments and a request for a public hearing must be sent within the 30 day period.
To send your comments and concerns and to request a public hearing, please send to Mr. Barry Stephens, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions concerning the source(s) may be addressed to Ms. Olga Jacobsen at the same address or by calling (615) 532-0581, EMAIL email@example.com
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Loudon Mill has applied to the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Division (TAPCD) for renewal of one major source operating permit subject to the provisions of paragraph 1200-03-09-.02(11) of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Regulations (TAPCR). A major source (Title V) operating permit is required by both the Federal Clean Air Act and the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Regulations. The Title V operating permit is identified as follows:
(1) Division identification number 53-0093/563319. This permit combines previously issued permits 557885 (Tissue and Towel Manufacturing facility) and 548499 (Steam Plant).
Copies of the application materials used by the TAPCD and a copy of the draft permit are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations:
Loudon Public Library
210 River Road
Loudon, TN, 37774-1042
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Division of Air Pollution Control
9th Floor, L & C Annex
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1531
A copy of the draft permit is available electronically by accessing the TDEC internet site located at:
Interested parties are invited to review these materials and comment. In addition, a public hearing may be requested at which written or oral presentations may be made. To be considered, written comments or requests for a public hearing must be made within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice and should be addressed to Mr. Barry R Stephens, P.E., Director, Air Pollution Control Division, 9th Floor, L & C Annex, 401 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1531. Questions concerning the source(s) may be addressed to Ms. Olga Jacobsen at the same address or by calling (615) 532-0581. A final determination will be made after weighing all relevant comments.
Individuals with disabilities who wish to review information maintained at the above-mentioned depositories should contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to discuss any auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate such review. Such contact may be in person, by writing, telephone, or other means, and should be made no less than ten days prior to the end of the public comment period to allow time to provide such aid or services. Contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ADA Coordinator, 12th Floor, 401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-(866)-253-5827. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service, 1-(800)-848-0298.
For the Loudon County "News-Herald" – publish once during the time period of August 1 through August 7, 2011.
Air Pollution Control DATE: JUNE 30, 2011
Assigned to – Olga Jacobsen
No alterations to the above are allowed:
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Loudon Mill must pay to place this advertisement in the newspaper shown.
Air Pollution Control must be furnished with an affidavit from the newspaper stating that the ad was run and the date of the ad or one complete sheet from the newspaper showing this advertisement, the name of the newspaper and the date of publication. Mail to Olga Jacobsen, Air Pollution Control Division, 9th Floor, L & C Annex, 401 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1531.