As was discussed in the last several entries Freshwater Tissue Co. still has a NPDES permit that allows it to put waste into the Ocean through the outfall pipe. It can put only exhaust pulp waste and stormwater out this pipe. Freshwater cannot make pulp anymore, but they can dispose of stormwater. Apparently this did not seem to be a problem to the Water Board since Freshwater was closing down as a pulp mill. What the Water Board did not count on was the demolition work that is being done at a rapid pace. Buildings are being torn down and asbestos is being removed. Common sense says that toxins from this demolition may wash into the stormwater, however according to Water Board staff no testing is being done of the exhaust out the outfill pipe. This is puzzling since there is a long list of monitoring requirements in both the permit and cease and desist orders.
The appeal by the League of Eurekans Against Pollution has been set aside, so there is nothing to prevent the mill from keeping the permit and continuing to exhaust out the pipe.
When the Water Board granted the Water Permit, much was made of the Cease and Desist Order and the requirements that the mill had to meet to keep the permit. They have met none of the requirements, but the permit still stands. Perhaps the Water Board thinks it is not important to cancel the permit since the mill is not making pulp. However, Freshwater Tissue Co. thinks this permit is important enough to keep paying fees to keep it in force.
What is to prevent toxins from washing into the ocean? We are not saying that Freshwater would purposely allow this, but that there are no provisions to make sure this does not happen.