Much has been made of the change made by the Samoa Pulp Mill to a chlorine free system.  The inference is that this mill and the corporation that ran it (Louisiana-Pacific) made the change to help the environment.  In fact, the change was made as a result of a lawsuit by the Surfrider Foundation.  In 1989 the Surfrider Foundation brought suit against the mill due to its chronic violations of permissible pollution discharges into the ocean.  The E.P.A. joined in this suit.  In the 1991 consent decree Louisiana-Pacific agreed to install a chlorine free system (U.C. Berkeley study by Cunningham, Kagan and Thornton).

Another untruth is that this change made the mill a clean facility and made Louisiana-Pacific an environmentally conscious corporation.  The truth is very different.  In 1991 leaked internal documents confirmed that L.P. had been overcutting North Coast timberlands.  In 1994 Louisiana-Pacific was again listed as California's No. 1 industrial polluter of air and water according to E.P.A.  In 1995 a Louisiana-Pacific plant in Colorado was indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges for tampering with emissions control equipment and falsifying pollution reports.  In 1998 Louisiana-Pacific pleaded guilty to fraud and environmental charges in federal court and agreed to pay 37 million in fines including 5.5 million for violations to the Clean Air Act- the largest fine in U.S. history. (Northcoast Journal).  Louisiana-Pacific is presently being forced by fear of legal action to conduct a cleanup of the many toxic chemicals in the groundwater at the mill site.

The mill violations under Evergreen Pulp are well known, but will be discussed in future articles.

The fact that the Samoa Mill is a notorious violator of environmental laws does not stop thne past and present owners of the Samoa Pulp Mill from trying to portray this mill as a clean and environmentally friendly facility.  People still spread the rumor that because the mill is chlorine free, it is also a clean mill.  They either don't know the facts or choose to ignore them.






Charlie
6/15/2010 08:51:49 pm

That makes sense. I mean how would that make it clean? How about all the other factors?

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T.P Wypins
6/16/2010 02:29:25 am

"They either don't know the facts or choose to ignore them"

That last line fits your argument as well.

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6/16/2010 03:28:55 am

If the Samoa Pulp Mill/Freshwater Tissue was clean, it would not have lost its water permit and it would be able to meet environmental standards.

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T.P Wypins
6/16/2010 03:45:16 am

"They either don't know the facts or choose to ignore them"

Chasing the tail again .

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6/16/2010 04:12:57 am

Bob Simpson stood up at the Water Board meeting and said there was no way he could meet the environmental standards and that he didn't have the money to make the improvements needed to meet the law. He went on to say that if he could sell a lot of pulp, he might be able to put in improvements.

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snoopy
6/16/2010 07:45:48 pm

A lot of folks in shady businesses talk a lot about how good their business is, signifying nothing. People often think these folks are talking about something important. People don't listen or they think the people talking are smarter than they and so they assume that the claim being made is truthful. Think about it and you can probably figure it out.

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T.P Wypins
6/17/2010 05:06:30 am

"They either don't know the facts or choose to ignore them"

Round and round,,,

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