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Owner of defunct Hagerstown paper plant seeks permit renewal

September 17, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- The Canadian company that owns the defunct paper plant at Eastern and Memorial boulevards in Hagerstown has asked the state to renew its water discharge permit.

Cascades Tissue Group Maryland LLC, however, has no plans to reopen the plant, said Hubert Bolduc, the vice president of communications and public affairs for Cascades, which is based in Quebec.

Bolduc said the company wants the permit to be current in case its plans change.

It's typical for a company with a wastewater discharge permit to renew it when it expires, said Edward Gertler, a technical advisor in the Industrial Discharge Permit Division of the Maryland Department of the Environment's Water Management Administration.

The state usually asks for a renewal application to be filed at least a year before the expiration date, he said.

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Cascades' five-year Hagerstown permit expires Aug. 31, 2010.

Cascades bought the plant about two years ago, but didn't reopen it for use.

A legal notice this week in The Herald-Mail states that Cascades applied to renew a permit to discharge an average of 2 million gallons per day of treated process wastewater into Antietam Creek.

A 2006 company press release announcing Cascade's Hagerstown acquisition says the deinking mill was built in 1995, but hasn't been in operation since 1997.

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold an informational meeting on the application and permitting process if someone requests one by Sept. 29. The address is: MDE, Water Management Administration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230-1708.

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