When Freshwater Tissue Co. was granted a water permit to make pulp, we were told that their permit could be revoked if they failed to meet a series of deadlines.  However, since Freshwater is not making pulp, these deadlines have not been enforced.  We naively thought that if they failed to meet these deadlines, the permit would automatically be revoked.  However, this is not the case.  Apparently, it is a lot of bother to revoke a permit once it is granted. 
A whole report must be written at great expense of time and money.  Then it must be submitted to 30 days public comment after which the Board must meet and vote on it.

Why does this matter?  We are not sure why Freshwater Tissue Co. is paying money to maintain this permit.  They cannot make pulp.  The permit only allows them to put storm water and pulp waste out the outfall. Even though they are not making pulp, presumably there are discharges into the Ocean.  These are not being monitored.

What we have learned from the Samoa Pulp Mill is that permits once they are granted are hard to get rid of.  In addition, enforcement is weak.  It is a long way to Humboldt County from Santa Rosa, and expensive to send people here.  As funds become more and more scarce,  monitoring and enforcement will get weaker and weaker not just with Freshwater, but with other industries that make toxic byproducts.

6/15/2011 05:51:27 am

Suck our collective #^%@s


Please keep up the pressure.
You will be blessed with future info.


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