The wells at the Freshwater Tissue Co. formerly Evergreen Pulp Mill were tested in October 2011. The following cancer causing chemicals are still above the reporting level: arsenic, chromium, manganese,
1112 tetrachoroethene, 111 trochlorethane, trichlorethene (TCE), tetrachloroethene (PCE), 11 dichlorethene, and vinyl chloride.
On the geotracker site under Evergreen Pulp, Samoa, CA under Site maps and documents dated August 30, 2011 SHN has made a study of the drains under the pulp mill site. "It is possible that chlorinated hydrocarbons could have been discharged to the historic drain systems near MW9 adjacent to the office, shops, stores, machine building and pulp storage warehouse."
Freshwater Tissue's request for a lot line adjustment was first granted by the local Coastal Commission and then appealed by several commissioners on the State Coastal Commission. Now, we have learned that the Coastal Commission has withdrawn its appeal and that the lot line adjustment has been granted. The appeal included many environmental concerns and it is unclear why these were ignored in granting this lot line adjustment. The conditions of approval have not been granted yet. The change in lot lines is said to follow the uses more closely. This is puzzling since Freshwater has not said what uses it plans for their property.
Freshwater Tissue Co. will need a new coastal permit for any new use of the property-- in other words to do anything but make pulp.