State seeks comment on Boise upgrade plan

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The state Department of Ecology seeks public comment on a proposed "notice of construction" order for Boise White Paper LLC near Wallula. The notice is a formal document that allows the company to upgrade and modify its corrugator operation. The corrugator makes wavy reinforcement lining for cardboard boxes.

The corrugated container plant is located next to Boise White Paper's kraft pulp and paper mill, on the east bank of the Columbia River. The plant produces about 5.2 million square feet of corrugated boxes per day.

Upgrades or modifications to currently existing equipment at industrial sites require a notice of construction order to ensure that air quality is protected.

Boise White Paper's upgrade request is intended to reduce a bottleneck in construction caused by the corrugator, to increase production capacity for seasonal peak demand for boxes, and to make more efficient use of steam. The steam at the facility is generated by natural gas boilers, which are operated under a permit from Ecology. The upgrades and modifications will not change the conditions of the company's permit.

Public comment on the proposed notice of construction order is open through Aug. 9. The document is available for the public at:

Ecology's website: tinyurl.com/2wko6og

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