The seven members of the Board of Health unanimously passed a motion to send letters to both the agency and the mill with this request at a meeting last week.
The motion was made after public comments that followed a presentation from the state Department of Ecology on nanoparticles, which are extremely fine particles that are produced during the high-temperature burning — such as that of biomass waste — that can lodge in lungs and cause heart and lung illness.
“We had a lot of concerned citizens,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Phil Johnson, chairman of the county Board of Health, who also serves on the clean air agency board.
About a third of the approximately 30 people who attended the Thursday meeting spoke against a biomass boiler upgrade at the Port Townsend Paper mill.
The company, which does not allow interviews with the media, says on its website that the $55 million upgrade is expected to be finished this year.
Johnson also said he plans to phone the executive director of Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency, Fran McNair, today to (more)