Clearwater Paper Fined For Not Properly Reporting Toxic Chlorine Releases From Lewiston Plant

Clearwater Paper has been fined nearly 400,000 dollars for failing to properly report hazardous chlorine releases from its Lewiston plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the company 367,000 dollars for not reporting several releases of chlorine gas in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Hundreds of pounds of toxic chemical were emitted into the air.  Chlorine is used at the plant to process pulp for paper production.  Some of the leaks sickened workers and forced the plant to be evacuated.  The EPA found that Clearwater Paper failed to immediately notify officials and didn’t provide timely follow-up reports regarding the toxic releases.