The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District will host a workshop on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 3 PM at their office at 707 L Street, Eureka, CA. More information will be given on Fiberol's application for an air permit and the District's evaluation and preliminary decision.  Any comments or questions should be directed to Mr. Jason Davis, Permitting and Planning Division Manager at 707-443-3093 extension 114.
 
Fiberol Energy Inc. (owners Bob Simpson  and Charles Benbow) received approval of Coastal Development and Conditional Use Modifications that will allow them to process 8 tons of sawdust an hour 24 hours a day. if they receive  the approval of the Air and Water Boards. They say that air emissions from the plant will be less than the State or Federal standards. Yet, they include in their application a Certificate of Emission Reduction Credits granted to Freshwater Tissue Company.
 
Fiberol Energy is owned by the same people who brought us Freshwater Tissue Co. on the same property.  They just have changed the paperwork. The permit they are amending belonged to Evergreen Pulp Co.  Evergreen Pulp has left town without paying fines they owed for pollution. Why is their permit still valid? It is interesting how corporations morph from one to another and avoid consequences of their actions.  Lee and Mann from China was the original sponsor of Evergreen Pulp.  We were told that Evergreen was financially solid because of their relationship with Lee and Mann. When Evergreen got in trouble, Lee and Mann had changed the paperwork and no longer was affiliated with Evergreen.  Evergreen Pulp ceased to exist and could not be found for the cleanup or to pay fines. Then the ownership changed hands to Samoa Acquisition and later to Freshwater Tissue Co. The owners of Freshwater Tissue Co. gave part of the pulp mill property to the Harbour District.  It is now a Superfund site and the taxpayers are paying for the cleanup. What the public doesn't know is that they kept the less polluted part of the property and are starting a new business as Fiberol Energy Inc.


 
Thanks to a comment made on this blog we learned about this case which involves David K.K. Tsang the former Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Pulp.  Evergreen Pulp ran the Samoa Pulp Mill when it last operated.  On July 7, 2014 in Oregon District Court Astra Oil Co. LLC sued Hydro Syntec Chemicals and David k.k. Tsang for fraud.  We don't know the results of this court case but are looking into it. Hydro Syntec Chemicals, according to Dunn and Bradstreet is the only Asian supplier to end users of industrial grade caustic soda. They get their soda from  our old friend Lee and Mann, formerly affiliated with Evergreen Pulp. 

In another case heard in Humboldt County Court. Basic Chemical Solutions sued Evergreen Pulp of Colorado, Hydro Syntec and David K.K. Tsang. There is more information on this case on this blog dated July 4, 2012. The allegation was misrepresentation of facts.

We don't know how either of these cases turned out.  It became hard to follow the case in Humboldt County because of the many extensions.  If anyone knows more about these cases, please comment below,

 
Fiberol Energy Inc plans to build a sawdust briquet plant at the former Evergreen Pulp Mill (the portion still owned by the former owners of Freshwater Tissue Co.). On Thursday April 16, 2015 at 10 A.M. hearings will be held in the upstairs conference room (Room 204) of the Humboldt County Planning Department at 3015 H Street, Eureka, CA.  Questions can be directed to Michael Wheeler, 707-445-7541.

Modifications of an existing Coastal Development Permit to substitute construction of a sawdust briquet plant for a previously permitted whole log chipper with supporting facilities.  The manufacturing process requires 8 tons of wet sawdust per hour generating 3.6 tons of dry sawdust.  The plant will operate 24 hours a day. The finished product is residential bricks for residential heating. Any person may appear and present testimony.at the hearing.

They have also applied for a permit from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District to construct a rotary drum dryer For additional information contact District Staff at 707-443-3093. Interested persons can submit comments in writing , or a request for a public hearing to the Air Pollution Control Officer at NCUAQMD, 707 L Street, Eureka, CA 95501  Written statements  and requests must be received by the District prior to 5 PM on May 1, 2015.




 

The U.S. Department of Commerce is considering a request for help in  creating a reuse plan for the pulp mill site. "Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy act and the Nationall Historic Preservation Act,EDA is conducting an assessment of the potential  of the proposed project to affect the environment and/or historic properties. The project is planning for infrastructure reuse and new business development on a former pulp mill ." Project information is available  for review at 520 E Street , Eureka, CA"

Comments must be received by 5 PM March 30, 2015.

Regional Environmental Office
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
915 Second Ave.
Room 1890
Seattle, Washington 98174
sfitzgerald@eda.gov















 
It was U.S. Mining that backed out of negotiation with the Harbour 
District.  Hopefully they heard the environmental concerns of the public.  The Harbour District, however, was still interested.  It concerns me that the Harbour 
district seems so desperate to find tenants that they are ready to allow another polluting industry to release toxic chemicals into our air and water.  The contamination at the mill site has not been cleaned up.  While corrosive liquids were removed from above ground tanks, the ground underneath the mill site is still full of carcinogenic toxins.  There are still dioxin and PCBs in Humboldt Bay. (See the latest issue of the North Coast Journal p.4) We need to encourage businesses that will promote a cleaner healthier environment.




 
The Humboldt Harbor District has given U.S. Mine Corporation three months to pursue their case for leasing part of the old pulp mill site.There doesn't seem to be a lot on line about this company.  They have been in existence since 2012. But did they exist before that with a different name or corporate structure? What other corporations are they associated with? They have a fancy website that tells us nothing about the corporate structure. We know that Mr. Arthur Scott Dockter is their C.E.O., because he appeared before the Harbor Commission and that their General Manager is Guy Reed. We also know that they may or may not use cyanide in the process.not use cyanide, and according to them, "the cyanide process is quite safe."


Mr. Dockter has a resume online and has had relationships with many different corporations. "Mr. Arthur Scott Dockter has been Chief Executive Officer and President of PureBase Corporation (formerly, Port Of Call Online Inc) since September 24, 2014. Mr. Dockter is the Founder of Durarock Resources, Inc. and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of PureBase Corporation since September 24, 2014. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Steele Recording Corp. and Steele Resources Corporation from July 9, 2010 to June 9, 2012 and also served as its Consultant since June 17, 2010. He is an experienced and savvy industry veteran. Mr. Dockter has been self-employed in the business sector since 1978 and operates his business through ASD CORP. He has more than 30 years experience in large scale mining and excavation projects. He is extensively connected within the North American mining and investment communities and intimately familiar with all facets of moving projects from grass roots exploration to full scale production. Mr. Dockter has extensive experience in the public markets where he has interfaced with domestic and foreign institutional investors and raised more than $100 million in equity financing for a variety of companies in numerous industries. He served as the Chairman of Firstgold Corp. from December 2000 to June 2007, Chief Executive Officer from December 2000 to January 2008 and as its President until January 4, 2008. Mr. Dockter was Founder of Firstgold Corp. and served as its Chief Operating Officer since January 4, 2008. He served as President of Orion Resource and Exploration was Managing Partner for ASDI, LLC. He was Founder of Riverfront Development Corporation and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He served a Class A General Engineering and Contracting License for more than 20 years, operating his businesses in California, Nevada and Montana, specializing in earth moving, mining, pipeline projects, structures, dams, industrial parks and sub divisions. Mr. Dockter has directed his companies in large landfill operations, underground concrete structures projects, large excavations, reclamation projects and others, which include state and local municipal projects. Mr. Dockter worked on oil & gas projects and has spent 15 years in the mining industry. He has personally owned mines, operated mines, constructed mine infrastructures (physical, production and process) and produced precious metals. He served as the Chairman and Director of Steele Recording Corp. He served as the Chairman of Steele Resources Corporation from July 9, 2010 to June 28, 2012. He has been Director of PureBase Corporation since September 24, 2014. Mr. Dockter serves as a Director of DuraRock. He served as a Director of Steele Resources Corporation from July 9, 2010 to June 28, 2012. He served as a Director of Firstgold Corp. from 1996 to January 4, 2008. He served as a Director of New Gold, Inc. He served as Director at US Mine Corp." according to Bloomberg Business
 
There is a proposal to allow U.S. Mine Corporation to create an ore to gold mill in the facility. Once again there is the promise of jobs.  But, at what price. Mining and processing gold has never been environmentally friendly. What about the shellfish industries of Humboldt Bay that depend on clean water?  What about those of us that live by the Bay? Hopefully the Commissioners of the Harbor District will reject this proposal. Read about it in today's Time Standard.
 
According to a notice in the Times Standard dated March 26, 2014,  the EPA has placed the Administrative Record for the Samoa Pulp Mill Site on view for public comment. The record includes all documents on which "the EPA has based its decision to conduct a removal action at the Site..." Action was taken by the E.P.A..because "EPA determined that actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances from the Site...may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health or welfare, or the environment."

The public has 30  days to comment on the records which are available at:

                   Eureka Main Library
                   1313 3rd Street
                   Eureka, CA 95501

                   Superfund Records Center
                   95 Hawthorne Street, Suite 4035
                   San Francisco, CA 94105

Written comments on the Administrative Record  should be sent to:

                    J. Wong (SFC-9)
                    U.S. EPA, Region IX
                    75 Hawthorne Street
                    San Francisco, CS 9410

 
Samoa Pulp Mill Open House on the Future of the Samoa Pulp Mill
Monday February 10, 2014   2 PM
Humboldt State Aquatic Building 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
The Water District and the University ask attendees to RSVP by calling
443-0801 or e mailing clerk@humboldt bay.org by February 5,2014