Has anyone come across this smell at other paper mills? I thought I smelled it once outside of New York City. It's very unique, memorable!<quoted text>
it's hydrogen sulfide.
it's a gas that is given off during the paper making process and subsequent water treatment process.
no, it doesn't poison fields. It oxidizes quickly which means it disperses quickly.
The "poisoning" is probably too harsh a word, and I didn't mean to connect it to the odor. I've heard from a very in-the-know source that corn produced a few years ago in the fields below the Fort were tainted with mycotoxins, which grew inside the corn, rather than after it was harvested. A number of cattle died as a result. A local farmer told my friend that it was possibly due to heavy metals that fell from the smoke years ago, before stricter rules were in place. And that it can be corrected through growing different crops.
I'm not looking for a fight with IP, that's for sure!