Port Townsend Paper

We regulate the air, water, and hazardous waste activities at the Port Townsend Paper Corporation pulp and paper mill in Port Townsend.

Water quality penalty

On May 16, 2022, we issued the Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) a $27,000 penalty for water quality permit violations. Between November 2021 and March 2022, the mill:

  • Spilled approximately 800 gallons of untreated process wastewater into Port Townsend Bay.
  • Exceeded pollution discharge levels allowed in their water quality permit 14 times.

Read our news release

PTPC releasing pollution above what is allowed by its water quality permit has the potential to impact the environment, harm aquatic life, and reduce water quality.

Water quality penalty payments are placed into the state’s Coastal Protection Fund, which provides grants to public agencies and tribes for water quality restoration projects.

Air quality permits

The comment period on two draft air permits and associated support documents for the Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) mill ended Feb. 16, 2022. We're reviewing the comments recieved.

None of the proposed changes allow expansion of the mill’s operations, the construction of new equipment, or modification of existing equipment. They do not approve any increase in air pollution from the mill.

Air Operating Permit (AOP) renewal

Notice of Construction (NOC) Order 2892-05AQ modification

Air quality permitting information updated Feb. 18, 2022.

Facility information

This facility is a kraft pulp and paper mill.

  • With around 300 employees, the mill makes about 1,000 tons of paper, containerboard, and unbleached pulp each day.
  • It treats its wastewater and sends it to Port Townsend Bay.

Odor reporting

To report odor you believe is from the Port Townsend Paper mill, please provide the following information.

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Odor description
  • Any health impacts experienced

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Permit information

Even though these permits have expired, they remain in effect while we work on the next permit.

Port Townsend Paper contacts

Company website
Facility phone: 360-379-4224
Location: 100 Mill Road, Port Townsend, WA