January 27, 2015
PACKAGING CORP. OF AMERICA COUNCE MILL,
I just reviewed a detailed, online description of your
environmental emissions, and I am writing to express several
important concerns. First, I understand that you have
reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that
your facility emitted:
2173395 pounds of total environmental releases in 2002
13866191 pounds of total production-related waste in 2002.
I also learned that this facility ranks among the worst
in the US in regard to its water releases of recognized carcinogens.
I was also surprised to learn that many of the toxic
chemicals covered by EPA's reporting requirements do not
have government-established safety levels, making it
impossible for those of us who may be exposed to know
whether present-day exposures are safe or not.
As a neighbor potentially affected by emissions from your
facility, I ask you to provide me with information showing
that these chemicals, and other chemicals which your
facility produces and releases to the environment, are in
Finally, I would like information on your efforts to
prevent pollution in the first place by changing your use
of these chemicals. Experience has shown that there are a
number of process and product changes that can
substantially reduce toxic chemical use and the generation
of toxic chemical waste. If you do not have any in-house
expertise in pollution prevention, are you taking advantage
of state and private technical assistance in this area?
I look forward to your prompt response. The situation
portrayed by your official reports to the U.S. EPA is not
reassuring to those of us who are, or may be, affected by
chemicals that your facility is emitting.
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