By Frank Lockwood
HERMISTON DEQ has confirmed that the Port of Morrow is considering burning mint waste in the electrical generating plant at Heppner.
The question of DEQ permits came up after a citizen expressed concerns the plant in Heppner was cranking up to burn some mint waste along with the usual hog fuel beginning Dec. 2. The DEQ had not heard of the planned changes.
"I spoke to the plant contact today and he informed me that the Port of Morrow is just considering what options are available as far as fuel is concerned," Mark Fisher of DEQ reported on Nov. 21. So far, the port had not been burning anything but wood fuel in the boiler, Fisher said he was told.
The permittee is required to notify the department and obtain approval before making a change in operations, including changing the type of fuel.
(For the full story, please see the Nov. 29, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)