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The Longview Fire Department and a Nippon paper engineer investigated several complaints of a strong pulp mill odor that descended over the southern parts of the city during lunch hour Monday, according to Longview Fire Department officials.

Fire battalion chief Blake Tomlinson said the WestRock paper mill (formerly KapStone Paper and Packaging) released NCGs — harmless noncondensable gasses — just after noon, which combined with an unusual wind pattern making the smell more noticeable than normal. 

Tomlinson said there are no health advisories or medical issues as a result, but about five people called the fire department to report concerns about the concentrated smell. 

"The only advisory is (for) people who are more sensitive to strong odors," Tomlinson said. "We're not getting an advisory about people needing to stay indoors."

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