Highlights of the Cease and Desist Order include:
The mill can be fined for violations of the Clean Water Act while producing bleached pulp.
The mill cannot be fined for violations while producing unbleached pulp.
The mill must submit a plan to minimize discharges of BODs and TSS until the treatment plant is built. (Oct. 8, 2010)
Some of the other deadlines include: provide "financial reassurances" for funding the wastewater treatment plant (August 8, 2010)
submit a project proposal (August 8, 2010)
submit complete application to Humboldt County for development permits (Sept. 7, 2010)
submit complete application to the Air District for the treatment plant (Sept. 7, 2010)
award contracts for design of plant (Nov. 11, 2010)
commence construction of the plant (Feb. 29, 2012)
FULL OPERATION OF TREATMENT PLANT (Sept. 21, 2013)
The only cease and desist part of this order is the following:
"It is further ordered that if, in the opinion of the Executive Officer, the Discharger fails to comply with the provisions of this Order, the Executive Officer may apply to the Attorney General for judicial enforcement or issue a complaint for Administrative Civil Liability or bring back before this Regional Water Board an order to revoke WDR Order No. R1-2-1--0033." Notice the word may. Also any action could take a 30 day comment period plus wait for the next convenient meeting.
POLLUTION IMMEDIATE AND CERTAIN. ENFORCEMENT SLOW AND UNCERTAIN.
This order and its companion permit give a huge black eye to environmental enforcement and pose a huge danger to the Pacific Ocean, the animals and plants that depend on the Ocean and to the people who live by the coast. As we are learning daily, the damage will not be limited to the people of West Eureka, Humboldt Hill and Samoa or even to Humboldt County. What damages one part of the World damages the whole Earth.