The Testing of the chemicals in the wells on the Samoa Pulp Mill site for the second half of 2010 reveals that many chemicals are still over the reporting level.  These include: arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel, total dissolved solids, tetrachloroethane PCE, diesel fuel #2,  1,1 dichloroethene, 1,2 dichloroethene, 1,1,1 trichloroethane vinyl chloride and gasoline. These are dangerous cancer causing chemicals. Why then are are their monitoring and reporting
requirements being suspended?

It is also confusing that they still have a Water Disposal Permit.  The Cease and Desist Order that was approved along with their permit said that their Water Permit would be suspended if they did not meet a long list of  requirements.  They have not met these requirements, but the permit is still in effect.


The following is a copy of the letter sent to Freshwater Tissue
Dear Ms. Ingram and Mr. Simpson:

Mr. Bob Simpson Freshwater Tissue Co. P.O. Box 248 Samoa, CA 95564

Subject: TemporarySuspensionofMonitoringandReportingOrder No. R1-2010-0023

File: Evergreen Pulp Incorporated, former, One TCF Drive, Samoa, California Case No. 1NHU892

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) staff reviewed the Second Half 2010 Groundwater Monitoring Report, former Louisiana-Pacific Pulp Mill, One TCF Drive, Samoa, California; Case No. 1NHU892 (Report). This Report was prepared in response to Monitoring and Reporting Program (MRP) Order No. R1-2010-0023. Staff’s technical review of the Report shows that the Report complies with the provisions of MRP Order No. R1-2010-0023.

We are temporarily suspending implementation of MRP R1-2010-0023 for the spring (March) 2011 sampling event. As you discussed with Mr. Dave Parson of my staff, a revised MRP order will be drafted in August 2011 and implemented in the fall (September) 2011. The basis for the temporary MRP suspension includes:

 The significant amount of existing monitoring data analyzed by Regional Water Board staff.

 Demolition operations at the former Pulp Mill scheduled for spring 2011.  Recent submittal of data reports which includes additional sampling and

analyses during spring and summer 2011 not detailed in the MRP.

Ms. April Ingram -2- February 11, 2011 Mr. Bob Simpson

 Delivery of a master schedule for soil and groundwater cleanup due March 5, 2011 with implementation of remedial actions beginning in the winter of 2011- 2012.

 Comprehensive data synthesis by August 5, 2011 that supports MRP revision in August 2011 for implementation in September 2011.

 Financial commitment by Louisiana Pacific Corporation for soil and groundwater cleanup.

 Implementation of monthly conference calls to maintain active participation by all parties. The first monthly conference call is scheduled for Wednesday March 9, 2011.

Under separate cover letter we will provide the technical discussion of all sampling data and identify any needed data gaps. If you have questions or require clarification on the content of this letter and enclosures please contact David W. Parson PG 6037 CEG 1889 at (707) 576-2556 or via email at


Catherine Kuhlman Executive Officer



Ms. Samantha Olson, SWRCB, Office of Chief Council

The Water Board is monitoring the wells at the Samoa Pulp Mill, and the Air District is monitoring the removal of asbestos. But, what about the land?  Has the soil been tested?  Are there toxins buried out there as commenters on this site have suggested?  Will the owners past and present be made to clean up the soil on the site? Will there be an overall plan for a clean up or will Freshwater Tissue Co. be allowed to start a new business on top of whatever toxins are at the site?
Just wondering.

According to the California Cancer Registry in the years 2004-2008, Humboldt/ Del Norte Counties' Cancer Rate was 538.98 per 100,000 people  when adjusted for age.  The overall rate for the state of California was 466.10 per 100,000.  Only Marin, San Luis Obispo, El Dorado and Mariposa Tuolumne fared worse than we did...

Invasive cancers are listed separately. The California average was 431.11 per 100,000.  Humboldt/ Del Norte was 503.46. Only El Dorado and Mariposa- Tuolumne had higher rates.

Other cancer statistics:

Non- hodgkin's lymphoma:
California    18.53
Humboldt Del Norte    21.24

California   11.47
Humboldt/ Del Norte  13.12

California 80.06
Humboldt/ Del Norte 82.10

California 45.84
Humboldt/ Del Norte 55.16 (The Highest rate in California)

California  5.74
Humboldt/ Del Norte 7.24

California  32.72
Humboldt/ Del Norte 37.17

All statistics are per 100,00 population and have been corrected for age.  You can view the statistics for other cancers or for other counties at the website of the California Cancer Registry under web query tool.