International Paper will help Ga. EPD set new effluent limits
The Coosa River Basin Initiative is a bit skeptical of the new relationship.
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