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Everett, WA: (Mar-13-08) The State Environmental Agency brought charges against tissue giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, alleging that it violated clean air standards, by allowing a fire to smolder for half a year, contributing to wood smoke and pollution. The suit claimed that the company allowed a pile of shredded wood waste near the Riverside neighborhood to burn for six months in 2007, from July to December. State officials said that Kimberly-Clark burns wood scraps to generate steam used to make electricity for it's own use, and sells any excess electricity to Snohomish County PUD.

Kimberly-Clark said that the boiler that burns the chips at the waterfront mill broke down in June 2007, but the flow of wood chips to the river front site did not slow, creating an unusually large pile. Huge wood chip piles can ignite spontaneously from the heat created by their decomposition.

As part of a settlement reached, Kimberly-Clark Corp., has agreed to spend $125,000 on projects in Everett to reduce wood smoke and pollution from diesel- burning vehicles. The payout would go towards helping residents buy cleaner-burning wood stoves and to retrofit city-owned diesel trucks with emissions-reducing equipment. Apart from the $125,000, the company agreed to pay the state environmental agency $40,000 in fines. [THE EVERETT HERALD: MILLS FINE TO REDUCE POLLUTION]


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Published on Mar-16-08


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