In­ter­na­tional Pa­per will help Ga. EPD set new ef­flu­ent lim­its

The Coosa River Basin Ini­tia­tive is a bit skep­ti­cal of the new re­la­tion­ship.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker As­so­ci­a­tion Editor DWalker@RN-T.com

The Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion and In­ter­na­tional Pa­per have con­firmed a part­ner­ship be­tween the state’s wa­ter watch­dogs and the ma­jor pa­per com­pany for new mod­el­ing of the Coosa River.

The project will de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate bio­chem­i­cal oxy­gen de­mand al­lo­ca­tion for the Rome mill. “It should be noted that the Ge­or­gia EPD has pro­posed to delist this por­tion of the Coosa River, as it no longer has a dis­solved oxy­gen im­pair­ment,” said Tom Ryan, direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for In­ter­na­tional Pa­per. “When the mod­el­ing is com­pleted, it will de­ter­mine if the cur­rent mill BOD limit should be re­duced or whether it will re­main the same.”

“They’ll get their con­sul­tants and it will be fact checked by us and we’ll do an­other part of the model,” said Jeff Lar­son, as­sis­tant branch chief for the Wa­ter­shed Pro­tec­tion branch of the Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion. “They want the best sci­ence pos­si­ble be­fore they de­cide to spend money on which way they need to go, so they’re go­ing to help with the mod­el­ing.”

Ryan said if nec­es­sary, the ad­di­tional time given by the state for the study could al­low the EPD time to re­vise the 2004 TMDL (To­tal Max­i­mum Daily Loads) to in­clude the cor­rect BOD al­lo­ca­tions.

Tom Ryan, In­ter­na­tional Pa­per

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