He said that the planned startup date for the mill is December 2010.
He started with formalities. "Freshwater understands that, under District rules, the District is allowed up to 18 months to process applications for significant modifications." Then he begins to argue his case against an 18 months wait. He uses lots of quotes from regulations, but it all leads to the following: "Freshwater does have concerns about the comment in your April 6 letter that modifications to the Title V perrequisites to startup of the Mill." He further states,"District rules applicable to Title V sources suggest that the permit holder is not prohibited from operating new equipment that will be the subject of Title V permit modifications until the modification is finalized." IN OTHER WORDS, FRESHWATER WANTS TO BE ABLE TO START UP BEFORE IT HAS ALL THE NECESSARY PERMITS FROM THE AIR DISTRICT.
Regarding the Water Treatment Plant that needs Air District Permits to be built Simpson said, "Freshwater will also submit all necessary permit applications to the District in connection with the planned wastewater treatment plant." He does not say how this plant will meet air quality standards. In a letter from the Water Quality District dated February 26, 2010, Charles Reed points out that "...we had been informed by representatives of Evergreen Pulp...that this whole mill effluent treatment alternative may not be feasible due to environmental constraints." DOES THIS MEAN THAT FRESHWATER WANTS TO START UP BEFORE HE PROVES THAT A WATER TREATMENT FACILITY WOULD MEET BOTH AIR AND WATER STANDARDS?
FRESHWATER WANTS TO START UP WITHOUT MEETING WATER QUALITY STANDARDS.
FRESHWATER WANTS TO START UP WITHOUT COMPLETE AIR PERMITS.
FRESHWATER HAS ADMITTED THAT IT NEEDS TO SELL A LOT OF PULP BEFORE IT CAN PAY FOR NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO MEET STANDARDS. It is no longer talking about a $400 million operation. Instead the whole mill endeavor is being done on the cheap in the hope of investments and profits.
It sounds to us like FRESHWATER IS GAMBLING AND IT IS THIS COMMUNITY THAT WILL BE THE LOSER.