The Cease and Desist Order lists the following things that the pulp mill cannot comply with 1} limitations for 5 day biochemical oxygen demand during production of bleached pulp 2)limitations for BODs and total suspended solids during production of unbleached pulp, 3) limitations of settleable solids and turbidity for the discharge of solids removed from the water treatment plant

Reading over the Cease and Desist Order that will go with the Water Permit if it is issued on July 15, 2010, we have many concerns.  There are numerous exemptions to environmental standards such as for mandatory minimum penalties for violations of effluent limitations for biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids during the production of unbleached pulp and settleable solids and turbidity.  The list of exemptions is long.

Violations of standards for dangerous chemicals are not spelled out in this order.  While they are required to test for some chemicals, this order does not spell out consequences for violations. Chemicals known to be in the wastewater permit are include DDT and Aldrin both of which are listed by the state of California as causing cancer.

They have a schedule which they have to meet.  The first date on the schedule is November 19, 2010.  The water plant doesn't have to be in full operation until Sept. 17, 2013 and doesn't have to do performance tests until November 29, 2013 over 2 months longer than  the original Cease and Desist Order. That means that they will not have to meet environmental standards until that dat.This schedule is going to cost the Water Board and the State of California a lot of money to administer and will have the same result more pollution in the Pacific Ocean.

In the event that they don't comply with the Cease and Desist Order,  the Executive Officer may apply to the Attorney General for judicial enforcement and the Water Permit may be brought back before the Water Board to revoke their Water Permit.  Thie key word here is "may" which leaves open the possibility of "may not".

The result of this Cease and Desist Order and the Water Permit that comes before the Water Board on July 15 is more pollution and endless exceptions for the law for a facility that has been a repeated violator of the law.  Freshwater Tissue Co. is given every break while the people who live near the mill and the environment are considered to be collateral damage.

7/7/2010 04:33:58 am

The Responsible Solution
The impacts of pollution have never been more apparent and sickening, than the images televised from Beijing, China during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. At present, China is willing to overlook pollution to expand its economy. The cost of their decision is unclear.

China is not the only developing country experiencing horrific pollution problems. Virtually every developing country selling products to the United States and other industrialized nations is suffering from environmental devastation. This includes Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and Vietnam. The common thread between these countries is cheap labor, unconstrained pollution, and U.S. consumer demand.

For the past three decades, the U.S. pulp and paper industry has struggled financially to comply with forestry regulations, conform to clean air and water quality standards, and absorb rising labor and health care costs. Because pulp and paper products are produced and traded globally, these costs cannot be passed through to the American consumer. In response, U.S. companies are closing operations, and relying on pulp producers in developing countries where inexpensive plantation timber is abundant, cheap labor is readily available, and pollution goes unchecked.

The new business model for U.S. tissue producers is to dispose of U.S. pulp mill assets, and serve as a converter, brander, and marketer of finished products. These converting companies install tissue converting plants around the world. They buy parent rolls of tissue paper from the least expensive supplier for reprocessing and packaging into finished products, such as tissue and toweling. They protect their markets through branding and advertising.

This new model allows U.S. pulp and tissue companies to sell or close their pulp mills, and effectively export jobs and industrial pollution to developing countries. From a purely economic position, this may improve financial results. From an environmental and social perspective, it is irresponsible.

During a recent meeting with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), an executive of the Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers (AWPPW) cited a situation in Bellingham, Washington, where a paper plant closed, and the employees were informed the mill could no longer compete in the global market. The equipment was sold, and put back into production in China. Everything was exported except the pollution controls!

FPC believes the responsible solution is to preserve U.S. regional markets for forest residuals, maintain a U.S. industrial base, minimize industrial pollution, provide U.S. family wage jobs, and impose global standards for pollution emissions.

7/7/2010 03:17:51 pm

We are in favor of keeping jobs in the United States, but not at the price of our environment. B.P. Oil was providing local jobs, but at what price? The Samoa Mill has had since 1965 to clean up their mill and it still can't meet environmental standards. Local jobs, yes. Local pollution,

We also have questions about how local Freshwater Tissue Co. will be if all its investors are from another country. China, for instance. Didn't we learn a lesson from Evergreen Pulp?

7/8/2010 05:00:09 am

More thoughts on Freshinup's comment:
We agree there is a problem with manufacturing going overseas. In the name of globalization and free trade, our government has allowed jobs and manufacturing to be sent overseas. The answer is not to have less regulation here and to allow more pollution or to cut the pay of American workers. We should make it unprofitable to take business to China and other locations. We should also protect the American public from foreign corporations that come here to pollute, profit and run (Evergreen Pulp and B.P. Oil)We can't stop China from polluting. We can keep our Ocean and air clean.

7/8/2010 03:19:30 pm

Are you guys kidding? You'd really rather take on the pollution yourselves than have people in China do so?

They've been cutting down their trees for thousands of years and now they want ours.

I don't think so.

7/9/2010 03:02:44 am

The point I would like to make is that we do have standards incorporated into laws to prevent harmful emissions from industries that, unregulated,have the propensity to pollute and harm all life.
Sonme of you seem to think pulp mills have to pollute terribly and we should do it instead of China. Instead we should be an example of how to run industries in a clean way and them they can imitate us. It may be that the Freshwater Plan is not approvable under an honest Water Board. Let's see how they enforce our standards and laws!!!

7/9/2010 04:17:53 am

Take a look at the future of your NIMBYISM.
The bad AIR and dirty OCEAN plus toxic rains are coming . Testing in NOR-CAL shows signs allready.

7/10/2010 04:13:58 pm

Im glad you are aware of the consequences of air and water pollution wherever it may be.


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