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Stop the Stink

United States

#1 Jul 14, 2010
http://www.epa.gov/tips/

This is where you file a complaint against the Ticonderoga Paper Mill.

I am choking here smelling this and it has to stop.

Who in their right mind is going to accept this?

It's bad enough that the Paper Mill sued the Town of Ti and suspended their property tax assessment until 2013, thus NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE to pollute and drive people out of their homes with the stench coming from that place.

For GODS SAKE PEOPLE DO SOMETHING!
Stop the Stink

United States

#2 Jul 14, 2010
IP History of Law Suits and Permit Violations

1926 - International Paper Co. purchases a pulp mill which has been in Ticonderoga since the late 19th century.(Bill Kovach, "Vermont Seeks Ruling Against New York and Paper Mill on Champlain Pollution," New York Times, 6 December 1970)

1965 - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) orders IP to construct treatment systems for its plant. IP opts instead to build a new plant (the current facility) 10 miles north of the previous plant.(Bill Kovach, "Vermont Seeks Ruling Against New York and Paper Mill on Champlain Pollution," New York Times, 6 December 1970)

1968-1970 - IP and the state of Vermont dispute over a 300-acre mass of sludge (20 feet thick in places) IP has deposited on the bed of Lake Champlain. IP refuses to admit that the sludge bed - on the lake's floor, at the end of Ticonderoga Creek, where the mill dumps its effluent - is the responsibility of IP.(Bill Kovach, "Vermont Seeks Ruling Against New York and Paper Mill on Champlain Pollution," New York Times, 6 December 1970)

1970 - IP opens its current mill.(Bill Kovach, "Vermont Seeks Ruling Against New York and Paper Mill on Champlain Pollution," New York Times, 6 December 1970)

1978 - Vermont landowners file a class-action suit against IP for damaging their property values.(Ed Barna, "IP in $5 million settlement," Valley Voice, 25 July 1989)

1981 - More than 3 million gallons of partially-treated waste water leak out of a drainage pipe into nearby wetlands that feeds into Lake Champlain.(Kevin Ellis, Burlington Free Press, 5 Nov 1989)

1982 - Approximately 300 gallons of fuel oil overflow a storage tank and run into the lake.(Kevin Ellis, Burlington Free Press, 5 Nov 1989)

1982 - Nearly two million gallons of waste water, only partially treated, is discharged into the lake.(Kevin Ellis, Burlington Free Press, 5 Nov 1989)

1983 - Eight tons of dioxin-laced sludge from IP's landfill breach a container dike and come to rest near a creek that runs into Lake Champlain.(Kevin Ellis, Burlington Free Press, 5 Nov 1989)

1986 - A landfill leachate collection pond overflows for longer than four days, spilling a half million gallons of liquid landfill drainage into a creek that runs into the lake.(Kevin Ellis, Burlington Free Press, 5 Nov 1989)

1987 - IP under-reports its chloroform emissions by 90 percent, claiming an emission of 4,700 pounds, instead of 47,000 pounds.(Greg Norton, "IP reports: chloroform emissions soar," Valley Voice, 25 July 1989)

1988 - IP again emits 47,000 pounds of chloroform, making it the largest chloroform source in New York State.(Greg Norton, "IP reports: chloroform emissions soar," Valley Voice, 25 July 1989)

1989 - IP offers Vermont landowners $5 million to drop their 1978 class action suit. IP admits to no wrongdoing.(Ed Barna, "IP in $5 million settlement," Valley Voice, 25 July 1989)

1989 - IP Ticonderoga mill manager R. Fred Chasse, in a guest editorial in the Burlington Free Press, points to incineration as the nation's number one source of dioxin.(R. Fred Chasse, "Paper mill is not lake's largest polluter," Burlington Free Press, 14 November 1989)
Stop the Stink

United States

#3 Jul 14, 2010
1990 - A researcher for the Vermont Transportation Agency's materials and research lab finds a new sludge bed, just north of IP's diffuser pipe. The researcher, Richard Haupt, says the volume of sludge would cover a football field to a depth of 18 feet.(Ed Barna, "Mill discharge into lake is considerable," Valley Voice, 23 January 1990)
1990 - A two-mile pipe carrying leachate from one of the mill's two landfills bursts, sending a million gallons of effluent into wetlands adjacent to Lake Champlain. Then an employee of the plant breaks a beaver dam that was containing the waste, and it spills into Lake Champlain. IP is fined $65,000 by the state.("IP's environmental troubles stacking up," Pulp and Paper magazine, June 1991)(Vermont environmental officials only learn about this spill after Senator Elizabeth Ready's constituents call her to report strange activities by IP along the shoreline.)
[Although this item is about the IP mill in Jay, Maine, it is useful for insight into IP corporate culture.
1991 - International Paper Co. pleads guilty to five felony counts and pays $ 2.2 million in federal fines for illegally storing and treating hazardous waste and making false statements to regulators. The infractions occurred at the company's Androscoggin mill in Jay, Maine. According to a release by the U.S. Department of Justice, IP pleaded guilty to three violations of hazardous waste laws under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) involving the generating, storing, and treating of hazardous waste without a federal or state permit. This way, the mill avoided costly regulatory requirements for proper hazardous waste management. The fourth and fifth felony counts charge that International Paper knowingly made false material statements to federal and state environmental authorities that the Androscoggin mill did not generate, store, or treat hazardous waste, and that the mill had only one discharge outfall to the Androscoggin River when in fact it had two. According to the Justice Department, this was the largest fine, criminal or civil, ever assessed inMaine for environmental law violations, and was the second largest criminal fine to that date ever collected in the U.S. for violations of hazardous waste laws.(Associated Press, International Paper Pleads Guilty to Felony Counts)]
1991 - March - IP experiences a liquid waste spill. Company officials estimate the size of the spill as 300 gallons; union representatives say more than 10,000 gallons were spilled.(Larry Maxwell, "Size of International Paper spill in dispute," United Press International, 8 March 1991)
1991 - November - IP spills a half million gallons of partially-treated wastes. A quarter million gallons flow into Lake Champlain.(Ed Barna, "International Paper Debate Heats Up," Vermont Business Magazine, December 1991)
1992 - In sworn testimony before a Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Stephen Perry, representing the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the United Paperworkers International Union, said, "At Ticonderoga, New York, chlorine and chlorine dioxide spills were so commonplace that even the complaint officer was gassed during the inspection." ("Senate Subcommittee on Labor Hearing on: OSHA Reform: Fulfilling the Promise of a Safe and Healthy Workplace," Federal News Service, 17 March 1992)
Stop the Stink

United States

#4 Jul 14, 2010
1993 - The EPA fines IP $32,000 for violating the federal Right-to-Know law. EPA charged IP with failing to notify the proper agencies following an accidental air release of 88 pounds of chlorine from Ticonderoga in July 1990.("EPA Collects $32,000 In Penalties From International Paper Company For Violations of Right-To-Know Requirements," PR Newswire, 26 April 1993)
1994 - IP is fined $175,000 by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for air quality permit violations.(VPIRG Freedom of Information Request to NYDEC, 1997)
1997 - IP burns six tons of tires in its power boiler, to test their use as an alternative fuel. Neither IP nor NYSDEC officials notify environmental regulators in Vermont. The test burn comes to light as a result of inquiries made by VPIRG staffers.("VPIRG Uncovers IP Plans to Burn Tires," VPIRG Update, Winter 1998)
2003 - IP officials from the Ticonderoga Plant declare that no test data was taken at the 1997 test burn of tires when questioned at a public meeting in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont officials find test data submitted to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation that indicates mercury levels rose 200% and zinc levels rose 500% in fly ash.
2005 - IP resubmits permit to test burn tires. Permit is found to be incomplete by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. IP officials state they will resubmit permit and hope to test burn tires in the fall.
Complain

Lake George, NY

#5 Jul 14, 2010
What do you want to do shut them down?
yeaaa

Schoharie, NY

#6 Jul 14, 2010
Wow...DEAL WITH THE SMELL,IT HAS SMELLED FOR 30 YEARS. If it wasn't for this mill 90% of people in Ticonderoga wouldn't have a job!!!!! the less people in Ticonderoga the less jobs...the mill goes..then the small stores...gas stations...walmart..hospital.. ..don't you get it. Yes it smells...but holy christ him self wouldn't make a big enuf fuss. Call someone and bitch oh wait..you have the internet for that...lets rally the troops and let them fight for you. god you people are just stupid
yeaaa

Schoharie, NY

#7 Jul 14, 2010
oh and another thing I just thought about...it's not TICONDEROGA MILL it's INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO. call them and scream at them. It's nothing that the people in our town is doing personally it's how the corp want's it runned. The way I see it is you have 2 choices. Stop complaining and deal with it..or...keep complaning and do something about it your self.
andiamo-ti

New Windsor, NY

#8 Jul 14, 2010
Wow! You are a very knowledgeable person into the history of International Paper in Ticonderoga. If it is all true, and I am not disputing it, you seem to have tremendous amount of fact that may or may not be hurting us all. Keep up the good work. While IP is, and appears to be, a good neighbor in the region with a lot of jobs in a bad economy, you might want to consider the effect if they are not here. While I do not condone their ( IP ) behavior, it seems like we, as American's don;t do anything anymore. We don't make anything and the jobs all over overseas. I. personally, would like to see IP stay and yet be the responsible neighbor they have seemed to be over the years providing jobs and income to an otherwise bleak area. I don't think we should chase them away at all or chastise them, but, to make them understand how much we value this region. As far as the stink is concerned, to me, it smells like tax dollars. Say what you want, there are people all over this country that would love to have the jobs IP provides. I, for one, want them to stay, prosper and be the great neighbor they can be! Enjoy your summer!!!!
smellitagain

Burnt Hills, NY

#9 Jul 14, 2010
andiamo-ti wrote:
Wow! You are a very knowledgeable person into the history of International Paper in Ticonderoga. If it is all true, and I am not disputing it, you seem to have tremendous amount of fact that may or may not be hurting us all. Keep up the good work. While IP is, and appears to be, a good neighbor in the region with a lot of jobs in a bad economy, you might want to consider the effect if they are not here. While I do not condone their ( IP ) behavior, it seems like we, as American's don;t do anything anymore. We don't make anything and the jobs all over overseas. I. personally, would like to see IP stay and yet be the responsible neighbor they have seemed to be over the years providing jobs and income to an otherwise bleak area. I don't think we should chase them away at all or chastise them, but, to make them understand how much we value this region. As far as the stink is concerned, to me, it smells like tax dollars. Say what you want, there are people all over this country that would love to have the jobs IP provides. I, for one, want them to stay, prosper and be the great neighbor they can be! Enjoy your summer!!!!
the place probably won't last much longer...
Glnn Bck

Arkansas City, KS

#10 Jul 14, 2010
Stop the Stink wrote:
1993 - The EPA fines IP $32,000 for violating the federal Right-to-Know law. EPA charged IP with failing to notify the proper agencies following an accidental air release of 88 pounds of chlorine from Ticonderoga in July 1990.("EPA Collects $32,000 In Penalties From International Paper Company For Violations of Right-To-Know Requirements," PR Newswire, 26 April 1993)
1994 - IP is fined $175,000 by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for air quality permit violations.(VPIRG Freedom of Information Request to NYDEC, 1997)
1997 - IP burns six tons of tires in its power boiler, to test their use as an alternative fuel. Neither IP nor NYSDEC officials notify environmental regulators in Vermont. The test burn comes to light as a result of inquiries made by VPIRG staffers.("VPIRG Uncovers IP Plans to Burn Tires," VPIRG Update, Winter 1998)
2003 - IP officials from the Ticonderoga Plant declare that no test data was taken at the 1997 test burn of tires when questioned at a public meeting in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont officials find test data submitted to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation that indicates mercury levels rose 200% and zinc levels rose 500% in fly ash.
2005 - IP resubmits permit to test burn tires. Permit is found to be incomplete by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. IP officials state they will resubmit permit and hope to test burn tires in the fall.
Most manufacturing jobs have been sent overseas already. The only reason the plant is still here is the proximity to it's necessary natural resources and the quality of paper they produce.

The area needs more manufacturing jobs to support all the shops, stores, restaurants and other businesses. The mill supports the town year round the tour-ons -not even half a year. The town needs more of both.

The service industries are fine but a community needs to make or add value to something. There is where you will find your quality jobs and steady employment along with econimic expansion. However, attracting business and commerce is difficult given the high tax and the strict regulatory environment.

Good luck to ya when IP decides to pack up and haul a$$.

Not to worry though, you can bet, the rock star Obama will take good care of his delicate little sheep. You can take that to the bank, at least 'til the money runs dry.:)
Stop the Stink

United States

#11 Jul 14, 2010
So a GLOBAL COMPANY can pollute your air and water as long as it provides jobs.

Makes complete sense to me, since I do not work at the MILL why should I be forced to be poisoned?

You people are friggin pathetic, the air and water is not important as long as you get a paycheck.

This is exactly why our country is going to collapse!

Is it too much to ask International Paper to clean up it's act?

Let me ask you geniuses a question? What would happen if I went into town and dumped like 2 tons of Chlorine into the air and people could smell it and it made them and their children sick..do you think that I would not get into trouble for that?

One set of rules for GLobal Corporations and another the US citizens...not much different than the BP oil Spill. BP has literally destroyed the gulf of Mexico, OOPS wait they are a global company..free pass!

See a pattern here?

God this country is hopeless and brain dead!

When your kids are stricken with cancer and you die a horrible death from breathing in this crap, you should be proud that you defended a company who's CEO made like 20 million last year..perhaps he could spare a million and clean up the stench?
MANGINA

United States

#12 Jul 14, 2010
Wow Stink you have issues, go back to sleep like the rest of Ti and take your medicine like a mangina..lol
VTVSNY

Adams, MA

#13 Jul 14, 2010
yeaaa wrote:
Wow...DEAL WITH THE SMELL,IT HAS SMELLED FOR 30 YEARS. If it wasn't for this mill 90% of people in Ticonderoga wouldn't have a job!!!!! the less people in Ticonderoga the less jobs...the mill goes..then the small stores...gas stations...walmart..hospital.. ..don't you get it. Yes it smells...but holy christ him self wouldn't make a big enuf fuss. Call someone and bitch oh wait..you have the internet for that...lets rally the troops and let them fight for you. god you people are just stupid
30 years? I grew up in Ti during the 60s when the smog was so thick over the little league park you couldn't see a fly ball. The color of the water running through the creek (laChute) was the color of paper they were making that day. Yes, we're talking blue, red, yellow, etc. It is 1,000% better than it ever was but the People's Republic of Vermont will never be satisfied until the entire operation is shut down. The minute they hear that IP may be considering moving the mill to Chile or other locations they immediatly ramp up the harassing lawsuits to give them another reason to shut it down.
cricker

Troy, NY

#14 Jul 14, 2010
The Black Ash that IP created, right along the Lachute, under the little league fields, is cancer sludge.
smellypoison

Cobleskill, NY

#15 Jul 15, 2010
VTVSNY wrote:
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30 years? I grew up in Ti during the 60s when the smog was so thick over the little league park you couldn't see a fly ball. The color of the water running through the creek (laChute) was the color of paper they were making that day. Yes, we're talking blue, red, yellow, etc. It is 1,000% better than it ever was but the People's Republic of Vermont will never be satisfied until the entire operation is shut down. The minute they hear that IP may be considering moving the mill to Chile or other locations they immediatly ramp up the harassing lawsuits to give them another reason to shut it down.
It's time is quickly coming to a completion ...
Not the first time

United States

#16 Jul 15, 2010
The Mill has been poisoning our air, it goes on and on.

My life and health is more important than making a foreigner rich off of my suffering.

1994 - IP is fined $175,000 by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for air quality permit violations.(VPIRG Freedom of Information Request to NYDEC, 1997)
Granny

Memphis, TN

#17 Jul 15, 2010
"So a GLOBAL COMPANY can pollute your air and water as long as it provides jobs.
Makes complete sense to me, since I do not work at the MILL why should I be forced to be poisoned?"
No One is forcing you to live here, if it bothers you that much MOVE. No one is forced to work there and no one is forece to live here so go to some other poluted city or town and live.
Smell of Death

United States

#18 Jul 16, 2010
Granny wrote:
"So a GLOBAL COMPANY can pollute your air and water as long as it provides jobs.
Makes complete sense to me, since I do not work at the MILL why should I be forced to be poisoned?"
No One is forcing you to live here, if it bothers you that much MOVE. No one is forced to work there and no one is forece to live here so go to some other poluted city or town and live.
I have the right as an American to live here in Ticonderoga and not have someone poison me.

Do you remember what it means to be an American or did you vote for OBAMA?

EPA Called me yesterday and I am taking them over to the Mill .
curious

Lake George, NY

#19 Jul 16, 2010
smellitagain wrote:
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the place probably won't last much longer...
i have been hearing that for 34 years and i am 34 years old
curious

Lake George, NY

#20 Jul 16, 2010
Smell of Death wrote:
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I have the right as an American to live here in Ticonderoga and not have someone poison me.
Do you remember what it means to be an American or did you vote for OBAMA?
EPA Called me yesterday and I am taking them over to the Mill .
I am sure the mill will let you on there property you jack ass. I am betting you moved here from Vermont or you currently live in Vermont with an IP address in NY. If you really want to do your little research and put it on here for everyone to see, you should show how IP's Ticonderoga mill stacks up to the company's other mills environmental records. But wait you would not do that because it would show that the Ticonderoga mill has one of the best environmental records in the country, and being the Vermonter you are or the Vermonter at heart that you are you don't want anyone to see that now do you.

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