- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CANTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina and Haywood County are helping a mill in Canton meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency boiler regulations that will cost the plant $50 million over five years.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1dNYE5U ) the EPA is requiring Evergreen Packaging to replace two coal-fired boilers with natural gas boilers. The switch will cut down on air pollution from the coal.

The N.C. Department of Commerce has agreed to give $2.1 million. The county has committed $700,000 to meet an Evergreen grant goal of $2.8 million.

State Rep. Michelle Presnell, who represents Haywood, Madison and Yancey counties, says Evergreen must comply with the new boiler regulations by 2016. But Presnell said the company needs at least 18 months to order and install new natural gas-fired boilers to replace two coal-fired boilers.

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