The Samoa Pulp Mill (Freshwater Tissue Co.) still has a valid Water Discharge Permit. They are paying a reduced amount to keep it, although they cannot put anything out the outfall but pulp and storm water. According to the Water Board staff, they cannot transfer this permit to something else. The equipment to make pulp is gone. If they decided to build a new pulp mill, they would become a new source and would have to meet new more stringent standards. It is unclear why Freshwater is paying to maintain the permit. They have let their Air Quality Permit go. It is not clear why Mr. Simpson or somebody writing in his name claim (on this blog) that they do not have the permit.
A note to those who have written on this blog about environmental violations from the past, you can call the Regional Water Board and make it clear that you don't want your identity known and you have protection under whistle blower laws. However, your identity may not be protected if it goes to court.