Comments on the Revised Water Permit are due by 5 PM on June 28, 2010.
Send your thoughts to:

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
5550 Skylane Blvd. Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1072
Attention: Charles Reed

The new draft permit is available on the Water Board's website under tentative orders. I know everyone is anxious to read all 96 pages. Changes are in red.

Some of the changes include:

Effluent limitation of Absorbable Organic Halides (AOX) removed.

TRE Toxic Reduction Evaluation Action Plan requirement to be initiated within 30 days of date of completion of the accelerated monitoring test-- removed.

Requirement to provide prior notification of a production shift -- removed.

Production reporting requirements of daily pulp production and ISO brightness- removed.

An exception to the standards on Effluent Solids.

The reporting time to report noncompliance that may endanger  health or the environment has been changed from 2 to 24 hours.

Testing the impact on sensitive species is only done every 5 years.

To the good, there are a list of toxic chemicals that must be monitored at the Water Treatment plant that processes water coming from the Mad River.

No changes have been made to the Sept. 2013 date by which they will have to come into compliance with environmental laws.  They have no Water Treatment Plant for the wastewater from this toxic mill.  It just goes in the Ocean.

Please share your thoughts about the revised permit.  Maybe you read it differently.  Let us know.

6/23/2010 06:46:08 am

These minor technical 'fixes' don't change the basic problem. That problem is a misuse of the regulatory process: giving a company a waste discharge permit to be used to raise money to make needed pollution control improvements, It's a backwards process that entirely disrespects the environment and the health of those living near the Samoa pulp mill. People have a fundamental right of self protection. This means that people living in the vicinity of an industrial facility with a long pollution history have a fundamental right to insist the law be used for their protection-- and that this be the first concern of any regulatory procedures. Calling this fundamental right 'Nibyism' is an insult to everyone's intelligence.

T.P Wypins
6/23/2010 11:39:52 am

Very well said !
Now thats how to chase the head of the problem.

6/24/2010 06:35:49 am

The Freshwater Tissue Co. website is currently offline. Anyone know why?

6/24/2010 07:29:27 am

I know they don't have an I.T guy on site. Most likely a simple glich. I'll ask a contact I have out there tonight. If he Knows, I'll postit to U

6/24/2010 09:36:11 am

Those still working at the mill, are out of the mill this week.
As for the web site,,,,, ?

6/28/2010 01:37:07 am

Grow up . People allways want the benifits of industries. But not the affects that go along with it. Is'nt that have your cake and eat it thing, how childern think ?

6/28/2010 07:13:02 am

What we ask is that Freshwater meet the standards of the Clean Water Act before they operate. This doesn't seem like too much to ask. Certainly Evergreen had the money to make upgrades. They chose instead to take their profit and run.

T.P Wypins
6/28/2010 01:55:22 pm

Evergreen invested millions in the clean air scubber and bleaching control systems improving the air quality. "They" did not "take the profit and run". You guys love to twist the phrases and vilify the industry .
YOU should work at FOX "news".

6/28/2010 03:31:06 pm

They spent money only when forced to do so by lawsuits or regulatory agencies.

Whether Evergreen made a big profit can be discussed, but RUN they did owing fines and the workers. One day they were there and the next not. Where is David Tsang anyway? I noticed he has not come back for a visit. Could it be because the Attorney General of the state of California is looking for him?

6/29/2010 12:35:36 am

Workers were paid,medical was paid and David is here working with Bob .
Arrangments to pay the remaining fines have been made also.
Look closer my friend .These R facts.
Have you forgotten the economy we are coming through. Every stock lost half or more of its value for awhile. Like most people they held on for a bit of recovery to pay these items.
How much money do you spend to "fix" issues unless forced by regulations. If Evergreen had not shut and sold with the bad economy. The water treatment plant was next inline to construct. More fact !
Unlike most of you .I have a daily vested intrest in the mill,and do wish to see it return to operations. And just as it met standerds in the past . It will meet the strickter standerds of the future,,, But that does take time .Expecting them to shut down .Each time the standerds increase Is a joke. And thats why their gonna get the permit to run and then make improvements. Let the capitol catch up with the new regulations.
See ya on the 15th,,,,,,
And good luck.
I do believe you all mean well !
Peace out
The machine.

6/29/2010 05:35:32 am

Thanks for the information about David Tsang. The more things change, the more they are the same. I still stand by what I said about Evergreen running.

What we want is to be able to live our lives without breathing dangerous chemicals. We also care about the nasty stuff going into the ocean. Don't tell me that we were not breathing toxins when Evergreen was up and running, because we know different. We were the ones that got sick.

6/29/2010 10:47:46 am


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