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Crossett Residents Address Air Quality Concerns with Georgia-Pacific Plant

State agency gets both sides together for discussion.
CROSSETT, AR (KTVE/KARD) - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) hosted an open house Tuesday night.

It's part of a continuing effort to address questions from the public on operations at Georgia-Pacific LLC's local plant.

Along with Georgia-Pacific, were other public operation representatives, such as the Crossett Water Company.

One of the groups that spoke with us at the open house, the Concerned Citizens for Crossett, tells us community members are having issues with their health. They tell us these health issues are coming from pollutants that Georgia-Pacific is releasing. They feel these pollutants have caused residents in the town to get sick.

"More smoke is coming out of the stack than there's supposed to be, especially when it's raining. The moisture in the air causes the vapors to come down and hover in the community, which is harsh to the nose and respiratory system," says David Bouie, with Concerned Citizens for Crossett.

Georgia-Pacific responded and said they are not to blame for these health issues.

"Obviously for those people that have health issues and have major health concerns, we do express our sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with those people, but again, there is no evidence that those issues are linked to Georgia Pacific," says Teresa Walsh, public affairs manager for Georgia-Pacific Crossett Operations.

The ADEQ says it hopes locals can take something from this event to help them better understand industry in their town. 
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