If you or I break the law, we must pay the price.  We cannot apply for an exemption from the law or from fines and penalties.  But, this is exactly what Freshwater Tissue Co. is asking for, an exemption from the Clean Water Act and penalties until Sept. 2013.

There is still the perception that Freshwater will be operating up to code if it gets the water permit on June 10, 2010.  It will not.  Somehow people heard all the propaganda about how Freshwater was going to open a green pulp mill and this is what they remember.  Freshwater doesn't have the money to do all the things it talked about when it was hoping to get money as part of the government stimulus program.  It did not get this money.  Now it is planning a shoestring operation hoping to get investors once it gets the water permit.  This is not going to be a green operation.  It has asked for permission to break the clean water act until Sept. 2013.  It will not be up to code.

Don't take our word for it.  To quote Charles Reed of the Water Board staff. "...the wastewater discharge from the pulp mill during production of unbleached pulp cannot comply with the final effluent limitations for five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BODs) and total suspended solids (TSS) that are established in the tentative permit.  Freshwater Tissue Company requested a compliance schedule that will allow three years from the mill startup to obtain required local development permits, and design and construct a conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment plant...Violations of final effluent limitations for BODs and TSS ...during the production of unbleached kraft pulp will not be subject to Mandatory Minimum Penalties under California Water Code."

For copies of the proposed permit and the cease and desis order, go to www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/board decisions/tentative orders
Freshwater
5/13/2010 06:09:05 am

Biochemical Oxygen Demand
The Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) concentration of wastewater is a measure of the amount of oxygen that would be consumed by respiring organisms in the receiving water. The reduction of BOD is critical for discharges to inland surface waters such as rivers and lakes, because excess BOD can rapidly deplete dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in these waters. However, in the case of deep-water ocean discharges, DO levels are generally not a concern, due to the expanse of the receiving water, and the significant dispersion and dilution effects that occur.

The Samoa mill’s BOD consists primarily of methanol derived solely from wood fiber during the pulping process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets effluent standards for bleached kraft pulp mills based on production output. FTC will install equipment that will allow the Samoa mill to comply with Federal standards.

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5/13/2010 03:38:56 pm

Freshwater

You will install equipment that will allow the Samoa mill to comply with federal standards, but not until September 2013 and then only because if you don't they will revoke your permit.

Are you saying that BODs are not a problem, because the Ocean is so big it can take the abuse?

What about total suspended solids?

What about toxic chemicals such as aldrin, DDT and other chemicals?

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Mostofthepeople
5/14/2010 02:46:51 am

You don't want to understand or reach any aggrement do you ?
Just say you don;t like the mill .
Simplify yourself would you.
You all don't understand that standards change each year. And it takes time to comply to the new standard . Thats how the EPA makes money by changing the standard then fineing you.
So I look forward to see you all pull-up in your VW bus .Wearing tie die and sandles reeking of pot.Santa Rosea awaits your input. LOL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Frank
5/14/2010 03:40:00 am

All right, I'll say it. I don't like the mill. I think it's stupid and I think the whole subculture that's developed around it is stupid. And I do understand the issues (which is the reason I think it is stupid) but, unlike Oliver, I won't be windy.

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MeAgain
5/14/2010 04:29:24 am

'Frank,
Thank you ,
Much respect !

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