Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 6, 1993 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, May 6, 1993
Page 5
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1993 — 5 An Open Letter to the Citizens of the Ukiah Valley... • ••••-. ; :'-"^ '• *• Dear Neighbors, ''-.,.'*•.. Over the past two years, Masonite lias tried to keep Ukiah Valley residents informed about developments at the mill and our efforts to improve air emissions. Recently, we took another important step in addressing concerns about those emissions. On April 22, Masonite filed three "health risk assessment" reports with the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District in compliance with California state law (AB2588). These reports look at the possible effect our mill's emissions are having on air quality in Ukiah Valley and the potential health impact. We believe the preliminary results represent good news for both Masonite and the community. The reports, prepared by an independent environmental testing firm, still must be reviewed by the county and state. However, findings indicate that, since the installation of a new thermal oxidizer in May 1992, the mill's emissions are within the strict guidelines of AB2588 and Cal- EPA. It's important to note that these guidelines are very protective and represent wide safety margins. In addiMon to the mt^^ mill emissions in 1989 and 1991. Masonite reviewed those emissions based on 1992 guidelines. Based on those stricter 1992 guidelines/ the mill's emissions exceeded recommended standards f or acMeift/ one of 25 chemicals covered in the risk assessments. However, it's worth noting that levels of arcolein emitted in 1989 and 1991 did not exceed guidelines that were in effect in those years. According to toxfcologists and the U.S. Public Health Service, the levels of acrolein associated with the mill were far below amounts that could be expected to cause even the slightest physical reaction. They were hundreds of times lower than levels found In most urban areas. Once these preliminary findings are approved by our county and state, they should help put to rest environmental concerns about our facility. We remain committed to being a good corporate neighbor and a responsible member of the community : r J Sincerely, •„*;• ft*** • -i-H Robert J. Andzulis, Ukiah Mill Manager Nfasonite^ »!$ #$Ssb*^ /v •J '/-• - ^^i^i^P'^' :t^^

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