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.

Air quality: Pulper upgrade project

Comment period: May 22 - June 28, 2019
We invite you to comment on proposed air quality notice of construction (NOC) order 16293 and the associated State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination of nonsignificance. This would allow the Port Townsend Paper mill to replace an existing piece of equipment that produces pulp from recycled cardboard in batches with one that operates continuously. The current pulper has the ability to make 480 oven-dried tons of pulp (ODTP) each day, while the proposed pulper could make up to 720 ODTP each day. 

Read the original project application, updated application, SEPA checklist, and supporting documents for more information. Read the public comment notice for information on how to comment.

Public hearing
A public hearing on the order and SEPA determination will take place June 25, 2019, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Fort Worden's Commons B room in Port Townsend.

Air quality impacts
The following air pollutants (emissions) are expected to increase because of this project.

  • Volatile organic compounds by 0.8 tons per year (tpy)
  • Ozone depleting substances by 0.8 tpy
  • Toxic air pollutants by 0.4 tpy.
As long as all applicable requirements are met, these increases are allowed under air quality laws, rules, and regulations.

Because this project does not include changes to the Kraft pulping process, which is where most of the smell from the mill comes from, we do not expect an increase in odors. 

Facility information

This facility is a kraft pulp and paper mill.

  • With around 300 employees, the mill makes about 901 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 the facility's air permit has expired, it remains in effect while we work on the next permit.

Port Townsend Paper contacts

Company website
Facility phone: 509-379-4224
Location: 100 Mill Road, Port Townsend, Wash.