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11-03-2006

Clarkson Will Monitor Air from International Paper's Tire Fuel Evaluation

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International Paper currently uses residual oil and wood scraps to power its boiler but the rising cost of oil fuel led them to investigate whether burning tire chips to supplement these two fuel sources could lower their operating costs. The company states the test could enable International Paper to replace up to 10 percent of its standard oil, wood and bark fuel with discarded tires, saving more than a million dollars a year in energy expenses. intpaper

However, according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) and earlier studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), although emission inventories may very depending on several factors, burning them can release several potentially toxic chemicals, including volatile organics, semivolatile organics (such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), carbon monoxide, and particulate matter that includes heavy metals, and airway irritants, such as sulfur dioxide and sulfate particles. Vermont unsuccessfully sued New York State to stop the tire burn.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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