LETTERS NEEDED BY MID-MAY 2004
UPDATE: The NC Rules Review Commission (RRC) received more than 10 letters objecting to the H2S exemptions for pulp and paper mills, thus sending the issue to the NC General Assembly. On June 17, 2004, industry lawyers argued that the RCC should rescind the approval of the new H2S AALs because the new rules should be considered as a "package". The RRC obliged and rescinded the new H2S rules. Discussions are underway . . . stay tuned. Thank you for your letters.
Write the NC Rules Review Commission to ask them to oppose NC Environmental Management Commissions exemption for Paper Mills from Hydrogen Sulfide Air Emissions Limits
Background: The North Carolina
Environmental Management Commission has exempted
one of the largest sources of hydrogen sulfide
emissions -- the waste ponds at paper mills. The
commission, by an 11-5 vote, granted paper mills
a permanent free pass from having to control the
hydrogen sulfide fumes that rise off the
treatment ponds and give the air a distinctive
rotten egg smell. Hydrogen sulfide, H2S, is formed by the
breakdown of organic materials and is typically
found near agricultural locations, waste
treatment plants and industrial sites. It is a
known carcinogen and neurotoxin, and can cause
developmental and reproductive harm to animals.
Dec. 15, 2003: BREDL additional comments on NC DAQ rulemaking for Hydrogen Sulfide limits.
Oct. 20, 2003: Factsheet: Hydrogen Sulfide - The Human Health Effect of a Toxic Pollutant.