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.