It has not been discussed in local media, but the Samoa Pulp Mill site is a legally mandated cleanup site.  Louisiana Pacific is being called back to help finance the cleanup since they are a responsible party. Recently tests were done on the groundwater in the wells on the mill site.  They revealed  levels beyond the reporting levels for chemicals and metals.  The results are available on the Water Board's Geotracker site.  Many of these chemicals/metals are listed by the State of California as known causes of cancer and birth defects. They include arsenic, chromium, manganese, chloroform, diesel fuel #2, nickel, total dissolved solids, cis-1,2-Dichloroethane, tetrachloroethene (PCE), Trichloroethene (TCE), hexavalent chromium, 1-1-Dichloroethane, tetrachloroethene (PCE) and vinyl chloride.

In a letter dated July 19, 2010 the California Regional Water Board said, "This area has been known to be a discharge threat to Humboldt Bay for more than five years because of its close proximity to Humboldt Bay.  The contaminants of concern (COCs) in AOI-8 include a host of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs).. The recent groundwater monitoring effort in compliance with Regional Water Board Monitoring and Reporting Program (MRP) No. R1-2010-0023 continues to show the presence of CVOCs including; tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and Cis 1,2-dichloroethene (Cis-1,2-DCE)."

"Clearly, the shallow groundwater WQOs (Water Quality Objectives) are exceeded for the identified CVOCs.  In addition to the CVOCs, dissolved metals were measured and some of these levels also exceeded WQOS in both shallow and deeper groundwater."
7/29/2010 07:02:56 pm

The last thing the bay needs is more pollution. We had a big shellfish industry before it became too polluted. What will the next casualty be?


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