Mr. Simpson has stated that the mill is up to date on air permits. What he did not say was that the mill's federal Title V permit is past due for renewal. They had been operating on a temporary permit to operate issued by the local Air Board. Their Title V permit should be renewed every 5 years. Normally, there would have been a set of hearings with public input at the end of their 5 years. This is past due. We will continue to look into the legality of this.
Freshwater Pulp has informed the Water Board that they want to reopen July 1, 2010. They have requested an interim permit that would let them use the existing outfall line. This has been denied. They have to apply for the full permit. A list of information needed by the Water Board is included in the January 4, 2010 letter from the Water Board. The full text of the letter will appear on Geotracker.
I am sure they did not get the $400 million to ostensibly make the plant “green”. This means that we will be getting the same old pollution. It is telling that they asked for an interim permit using the same outfall pipe from which the mill discharged chemicals way above accepted levels and were fined $400,000.
Meanwhile, the Water Board has given them deadlines for testing and cleanup of the site which is polluted with heavy metals and other cancer causing agents. (See Geotracker.)
After all the media hype about an environmentally friendly plant, it seems that it is same old/ same old with the mill: pollute, pollute, pollute. You say you care about the community. Just like Mr. Tsang and Evergreen said they cared.