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Weigh in on Canton’s paper mill permit

An online public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, will take input on terms of a proposed wastewater permit for Blue Ridge Paper in Canton. 

The permit, expected to be issued in May, would be in effect through at least May 2026. Due to delays with the regulatory agencies, the mill has been operating on an extension of its current permit, issued in 2010, since 2015. 

Citizens can give oral comments during the April 14 meeting and also have the option of submitting written comments before the April 30 deadline. Registration is required by noon April 14 to speak at the meeting. For more information, including registration for the April 14 hearing and links to the proposed permit, visit Read SMN’s coverage of the proposed permit at

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